The Rouse Type Mortiser

Instruction & Service Documents

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Thanks to the efforts of typefounders Rich Hopkins (Hill & Dale Private Press and Typefoundry) and Schuyler Shipley ( Skyline Type Foundry), the Rouse Type Mortiser is unusually well documented (for such a rare machine).

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Hopkins. The Rouse Type Mortiser. (1999)

Hopkins, Richard L. The Rouse Type Mortiser. (Terra Alta, WV: The Hill and Dale Private Press and Typefoundry, 1999.) This is an eight page booklet which describes in detail the process of type mortising and the use of the Rouse Type Mortiser. The PDF of this booklet was supplied by Rich Hopkins.

This booklet is Copyright 1999 by its author, Richard L. Hopkins. It is reproduced here with his kind permission, for the use of fellow typecasting and printing enthusiasts. Please do not republish it without his permission.

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Hopkins. "Servicing the Rouse..." (2014)

Hopkins, Richard. L. "Servicing the Rouse Type Mortiser / Vertical Miterer." (2014) Published here at the request of the author.

The second version of the Rouse Type Mortiser was built on the same framework as the more common Rouse Vertical Miterer. This document describes the service procedures for both.

This document is Copyright 2014 by its author, Richard L. Hopkins. It is reproduced here with his kind permission, for the use of fellow typecasting and printing enthusiasts. Please do not republish it without his permission.

The icon above left links to a version with high-resolution images (3.2 Megabytes). Here is a smaller file-size version (174 Kilobytes) with lower-resolution images: hopkins-rouse-type-mortiser-service-instructions-lr.pdf

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Operating Instructions (Earlier Model)

"Operating Instructions for the Rouse Type Mortiser." (A single page document.)

The machine shown here is the model which I am presuming is the earlier of the (at least) two models Rouse produced (that is, the "fixed-cutter/moving-vise" model). As such it must date from before April 26, 1940 (that is, from before the earliest solid date I have for the later model; it may well be much earlier). See the Notebook on Models for further discussion.

The illustration in this scan is very hard to read. Fortunately, most of the numeric callouts on it are actually the same as those in the "Instruction Print" for the later model (see the next section). Even though the two models have quite different configurations, they have very similar functional components.

The icon above left links to a PDF conversion of a reduced-resolution version of my scan of the original. Here is the original JPEG image (3.9 Megabytes): rouse-mortiser-operating-instructions-stf.jpg

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Instruction Print (Later Model)

"Instruction Print for Rouse Type Mortiser." Drawing No.: "T.M - 3". Dated 1940-04-26. This is a single sheet (copied by a blue-line process) which contains an educational (not engineering) drawing. It shows the later (moving-cutter/fixed-vise) model.

most of the numeric callouts on this drawing actually correspond to the parts numbered in the "Operating Instructions" for the earlier version. Despite the fact that the operation/layout of the machine is inverted from the earlier version, the controls are similar.

The icon above left links to a PDF conversion of a reduced-resolution version of my scan of the original. Here is the original JPEG image (4.1 Megabytes): rouse-mortiser-instruction-print-stf.jpg


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