|Melbourne Museum of Printing||
Graphic Students' Workshop
|Michael explains how the Linotype works while Laurie operates it, producing lines ("slugs") of type.|
|Students preparing to compose lines in the "Ludlow" linecasting
system. They are handling the "matrices" (letter moulds).|
In front of them on the bench are a number of engravings. Engravings are needed to print illustrations. One of the engravings is a "lino-cut".
|The Ludlow matrices are assembled by hand into a "Ludlow Composing Stick". This contrasts with the Linotype, where the matrices are assembled automatically by keyboard.|
|A very small ink roller enables spot colour, on the hand-inked, hand operated Albion press.|
|Students are surprised how easy it is to print a sheet from a page of typesetting.|
|As Laurie coaches a student about to print her copy of the souvenir poster, others look on.|
|Warren Taylor (Monash School of Design) has been a frequent visitor with his students. The students benefit from his experience of traditional printing so gained, by producing more challenging posters.|
|Students gather around the Museum's two 150-year-old cast-iron platen presses as Laurie shows them how a job is set up.|
|Pleased with the souvenir poster. The poster includes the name of each participant.|
|Students look on, amid the composing department machinery,
as Michael demonstrates how to operate the "Ludlow" linecaster.|
Behind the Ludlow is the "compositor's saw" a vital piece of equipment in most printeries of old, which cuts and trims spacing material to exact measures.
Behind the students the Linotype linecaster may be seen.
|Operating the "cylinder" press.|
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