Noncomposing Monotype Typecasters

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1. The Typography of Monotype Sorts Casters

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Matrix Data, Specimens, & Typography

Monotype display matrices and Giant Caster matrices, generally 14 point to 72 point. The display casters can also cast from Monotype cellular matrices, but these (and general Monotype Specimen books not specific to the display machines) are in the ../../ Composing Typecasters -> Matrix Data, Specimens, & Typography. The Thompson can cast from all of these matrices up to 48 points.

2. The Casters and their Literature

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The Type and Rule Caster

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The Giant Caster

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The Supercaster


3. Notes

The Monotype machines typically are versatile enough to break any categorizing scheme I can come up with. In this section I mean to collect Notebooks on Monotype machines used for the production of individual types for handsetting. But there are problems...

Problem 1 (distinguishing the Composition Caster from the Type-&-Rule Caster): The Type-&-Rule Caster was a variation on the Composition Caster. So a "pure" Composition Caster could cast either composed matter or sorts and fonts in text sizes (though later features pushed its upper size limit). A Composition Caster with the Display Type Attachment (9CU) could still do this plus cast sorts and fonts up to 36 point (using flat Lanston display matrices in the 14 to 36 point range). A "pure" Type-&-Rule caster had its composition abilities removed, and normally cast sorts and fonts in the "display" range, but could have the "Composition Matrix Sorts Casting (Type-&-Rule Cster) Attachment (19CU) applied so that it could cast sorts and fonts in text sizes. Either style of machine could also be equipped not only with Lanston (= American) mold and matrix equipment, as would be normal in the US, but optionally with English Composition (Attachment 21CU) or Display (Attachment 22CU) equipment to use Monotype Corporation (= English) matrices. These are just inherently hard machines to classify!

Problem 2 (strip material): Most of these machines could also operate in "fusion" mode to produce continuous strip material. I think (but am not sure - I'm not a Monotype expert) that only the Material Maker could produce only material (not types). I'm therefore covering it in the Strip-Casters section. The machines which could operate both in "fusion" (strip material) and "non-fusion" modes are covered here.

Problem 3 (Thompson): Monotype bought Thompson. To complicate things, the Thompson had a (rare) material making attachment. I'll cover the Thompson elsewhere, in its own section within the Sorts Casters set of Notebooks.

Note: The American firm was the Lanston Monotype Machine Company. The English firm was The Monotype Corporation, Ltd.

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