ATF Newsletter

The American Typecasting Fellowship

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This is intended to be an archive of all of the back issues of the American Typecasting Fellowship Newsletter. It isn't "official," because nothing about the ATF is official (see its delightful by-laws). It is, however, presented here with the permission and support of Richard L. Hopkins, co-founder of the ATF and, since its beginning, the sole member of the Communications Committee (and printer & publisher of the Newsletter).

For more information on the group, see the CircuitousRoot ATF Notebook.

A note on (in)completeness: This archive is still in progress. At present, Newsletters Nos. 1 - 18 are from my own scans of my copies. These aren't necessarily pretty scans, and the files sizes can be quite large. (Also note that my copies of Nos. 3 - 11 were bound with a great deal of love and glue by a former owner. This is apparent in their condition as scanned.) I'm awaiting PDFs of scans of Nos. 1 - 37 & 39 from another ATF member who has scanned them with more attention to appearance and file size. Newsletters Nos. 38 and 40 are PDFs supplied by Rich Hopkins, who printed the originals. His PDFs are a combination of his digital originals for those portions which were printed digitally and scans of those portions printed letterpress.

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(The lists associated with each issue are simply my own notes. For the most part they aren't, strictly speaking, tables of contents.)

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ATF Newsletter No. 1 (August 1978)

118 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 2 (January 1979)

104 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 3 (July 1979)

115 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 4 (March 1980)

90 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 5 (May 1980)

47 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 6 (May 1981)

176 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

Note: Rich Hopkins' photo-essay "The Living Legend: American Type Founders Company" (pp. 7-14) is a fascinating and historically/technically important look at ATF in its final years of production.

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ATF Newsletter No. 7 (February 1982)

189 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 8 (January 1983)

149 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

Note: There is an error on p. 3 of this issue (corrected in No. 9, p. 19). The location of Arvind Patel's type foundry should be Ahmedabad, India not "Islamabahad" [sic, Islamabad], Pakistan.

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ATF Newsletter No. 9 (May 1984)

328 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

Note: No. 9 is misidentified as No. 11 on its masthead.

The article by Jim Rimmer on cutting patrices for Juliana Oldstyle and engraving matrices from them was later reprinted, with additions and with illustrations, as "Engraving Type Designs in Lead." The Devil's Artisan. No. 15 (1984): 14-20. It is one of the very few articles (perhaps the only in English) going into any technical detail about the method of cutting patrices by hand and electroforming matrices (which, I believe, dominated the production of ornamented types in America from the 1840s to the 1880s). It is the only source which documents Rimmer's rather innovative process of using dry transfer lettering to assist in this.

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ATF Newsletter No. 10 (November 1984)

337 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 11 (April 1986)

91 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 12 (April 1988)

186 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

Here is the cover image as a single image (as scanned from my copy of the journal; this is not from the separate reproduction distributed by Rich Hopkins). If you click on the image below you'll get a 2048 pixel wide JPEG version.

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Here is the composited image at 1200dpi (but as a JPEG; it's "only" 56 Megabytes, but a PNG would be 269): atfnl-n12-1200rgb-cover-image-composited.jpg

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ATF Newsletter No. 13 (April 1990)

333 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

The cover image by Stan Nelson is derived from an illustration of a type foundry which appeared in the second installment of a four-part article entitled "The Commercial History of a Penny Magazine." This appeared in four "Monthly Supplements" to The Penny Magazine (which despite their status as "supplements" bore their own whole issue numbers in the regular sequence of issue numbers of the magazine). Installment No. 2, on "Wood-Cutting and Type-Founding" was in Monthly Supplement of The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge , Vol. 2, Whole No. 101 (Sept. 30 - Oct. 31, 1833): 417-424. Here is the image as it appears on p. 424 of the original, as digitized by Google from the Bodleian Library copy. (Click on the image for a PDF of the entire issue of the magazine.)

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ATF Newsletter No. 14 (July 1990)

314 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

(As this issue of the Newsletter contains one of the best general surveys of the development of composing machinery available, it is perhaps advisable to note one error. No "Simplex" Linotype was ever manufactured in America. The use of this name as an alternative name for the machine which became the Model 1 Linotype dates to misunderstandings, decades later, of the history of the manufacture of Linotypes in Germany. This error was introduced into the US in 1954 and has since been repeated too often - even by otherwise trustworthy authorities such as Huss. See the CircuitousRoot Notebook The "Simplex" Linotype: Never Made In America for a more detailed discussion.)

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ATF Newsletter No. 15 (November 1991)

207 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

The cover of this issue is a photograph of the form used for printing the first page of it. It is a tour de force of the typefounders art, consisting of type made especially for this form by Richard L. Hopkins. As he describes it on p. 21, this type illustrates (1) horizontally kerned types (cast in this case on the Monotype Super Caster), (2) mortising (he terms it "notching") type, and (3) use of what he terms the "doghouse" mold on the Composition Caster to cast (vertically) kerned types on bodies larger than those intended for the matrix (which due to the mechanics of the caster would result in squirts between matrices in the matrix case using regular molds).

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ATF Newsletter No. 16 (April 1992)

86 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 17 (July 1993)

372 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 18 (1994)

The 1993 ATF auction.

477 Megabyte PDF, scanned by DMM.

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ATF Newsletter No. 19 (1996)

Rich Hopkins on Caslon.

The icon at left links to a relative low resolution version of this scan (300 dpi, 60 Megabytes in size). Here is the full resolution version as a PDF of JPEG images (457 Megabytes): atfnl-n19-0600rgbjpg

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ATF Newsletter No. 38 (February 2014)

American Typecasting Fellowship Newsletter. No. 38 (February 2014). "In Memoriam - Michael R. Anderson." Cover portrait of Mike Anderson by Stan Nelson.

This issue of the ATF Newsletter is posted here with the permission of its editor, Rich Hopkins. My thanks to Rich for this, and for supplying the digital original.

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ATF Newsletter No. 40 (March 2015)

American Typecasting Fellowship Newsletter. No. 40 (March 2015).

This issue of the ATF Newsletter is posted here with the permission of its editor, Rich Hopkins. My thanks to Rich for this, and for supplying the digital original.

Note: This is a 55 Megabyte PDF.


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