Melbourne Museum of Printing
OUR MACHINERY COLLECTION
Typecasting Equipment in Our Collection
[including technical descriptions]
Machines to make type, yet not compose it. The types will be stored
in a type case and composed by hand when needed.
The Monotype Supercaster
Casts a wide range of types and strip materials.
(Note also the Monotype Composition Caster (under typesetting)
which is both a typesetter and typecaster).
Hand Casting Box
Our `Trader Horn' hand-poured non-mechanical casting box.
WE APPEAL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS AND SIMILAR DEVICES>/H4>
- would love to talk to someone who has used one.
Mechanical Typecaster. (No present holdings at MMOP).
- manual needed for the Thompson. These were more common in the USA.
WE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER TYPECASTING MACHINES.
TYPECASTING MATRIX COLLECTION
All typecasting and typesetting machines use matrices to form
the required letter shapes. The Museum, and its associated Type
Company, hold many sets of matrices for each of the above
machines. Each set consists of all the letters, numbers and
punctuation for one size of one typeface. The matrix for one
machine will not, in general, fit another.
For matrix listings, see our Fount Collection.
For technical notes on matrices see their respective machines.
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