This is a woodcut by Karl Mahr as published in the Bauer Type Foundry book Human Touch. (NY: The Spiral Press, 1937). This engraving appeared originally in Der Druckbuchstabe: Sein Werdegang in der Schriftgießerei dargestellt in Holzschnitten und Versen . ([no location, but Mahr in Frankfurt a. M.]: Verein Deutscher Schriftgießereien E.D., 1928). Go up one level for a discussion of this work as a whole, and for general works on type-making.
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This engraving depicts an engraver engaged in engraving a typecasting matrix using a pantograph engraving machine. The make of the machine is not specified, but it is of the same general configuration as the Michael Kampf A.G. machine still in use at the Offizin Parnassia Vättis. See, for example, the photograph of this machine on the Parnassia flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/parnassia/6843624910/in/photostream
7. Oil Cans. It is an interesting coincidence that in the photograph of the Michael Kampf A.G. pantograph at the Offizin Parnassia two oil cans are also shown.
9. A block with holes which, I presume, hold Tracers of various sizes for use in the Pantograph. A block very much like this one (with Tracers in it) is shown in the photograph of the Michael Kampf A.G. pantograph at the Offizin Parnassia
The original printed version of this woodcut, from Human Touch (NY: Bauer Type Foundry / Spiral Press, 1937) is in the public domain due to the failure of this volume to comply with copyright formalities, as then required, upon publication. The various versions of it reprinted here remain in the public domain.
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