Identifying Metal Type

Type Made by Specific Machines

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1. Introduction

In a few cases, we can identify the specific kind of type casting machine used to make a type by means of distinctive features that it gives to the types it makes.

2. The Lanston Monotype Giant Caster

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3. The Monotype Super Caster

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The Super Caster, a machine produced by The Monotype Corporation Limited in England (and uncommon, although not unknown, in the United States) produced several features either not found in, or uncommon in, type made by other casting machines.

In all sizes, the Super Caster produced a square (or rectangular) Nick and a flat bottom with no Groove.

In at least some sizes, and presumably with appropriate mold equipment, it could produce a beveled Shoulder not unlike the planed Shoulders of 18th century and earlier types.

Here is a type from a font of 14 point Bembo cast on a Super Caster by Mouldtype. It shows the flat bottom and square/rectangular Nick characteristic of this machine, as well as a beveled or sloped Shoulder.

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(Photograph by David Bolton, Alembic Press.)

In larger sizes it produced types with a distinctive curved relief or cut-out to the bodies.

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4. The Thompson Type-Caster (in Side-Jet Operation)

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5. The Thompson Type-Caster (Other Features)

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