Melbourne Museum of Printing||Australia's working and teaching museum of
typography and printing located at Footscray, Victoria. Specialising in
retention of traditional printing, both the equipment and the knowledge.
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Enlarged Picture from the Museum's GALLERY OF FOUNTS
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Founts visible in this shot include:
This Museum's aims include provision of type and other materials to
other museums, university departments, artists and those printers who
wish to keep using letterpress.
- A fount of Monotype Composition Caster mats. These will be loaded
into a matrix-case (sometimes called a diecase) and in
turn inserted into the composition caster. The fount includes all the
letters and symbols needed for (typically) the roman, bold and italic,
and perhaps the small capitals, for one face and size of type. For
reference, one individual mat is included, on its side, to the lower
right of the fount.
- A selection from a fount of Monotype Supercaster matrices (C, Y, X,
etc, also ffl). These are of brass but electroplated with nickel, a
silver-looking metal. With this system, a selected matrix is inserted
into the Supercaster, which produces a quantity of types of that
- Three brass matrices of the Thompson Typecaster series,
which, with the appropriate holder, can be used in the Monotype
- A line of matrices from the Ludlow system (AAABB etc), followed by
one of the same on its side followed by a Linotype mat on its side.
- A line of Linotype mats. These are shown "cavity side up": the
other side has the character lightly stamped so the operator can check
for errors. Note that these mats, as is common, have two
cavities on each matrix, the normal cavity (typically for the
normal or roman face) and the raised cavity (typically for the bold or
- To the right of the Ludlow mats, a fount of handset type, tied up
with page cord. This is a new fount of 8-point type from the Museum's
own foundry. It includes capitals, lower-case, ligatures, figures,
punctuation and symbols, a total of just over 1000 pieces.
- Below the 8-pt is a part-fount of 24-pt Greek type, also produced
at the Museum.
Look up printers' measurements, machinery, materials in our Glossary of
Typography. Find the glossary on the MUSEUM'S HOME PAGE (link at top of
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