The Monotype Caster

We recently obtained a Composition Caster and a Supercaster from Harry Macintosh in Edinburgh along with an excellent supply of mats. The Composition Caster has the computer interface devised by Harry which replaces the original paper tape reader. This means we can cast type straight from the computer avoiding any keying errors that might be introduced by a keyboard operator.

 
Monotype Composition Caster and Monotype Supercaster
 

A little video showing the machine in operation casting the type for our recent reproduction edition of the Wipers Times
 

We have started to catalogue the mats we have and the following list is an indication of our holdings. It may be that we have bold mats that are not indicated by their series numbers, but are neverless contained within the appropriate diecase. It may also be that we have a diecase that has yet to be catalogued.

 

1Modern6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14
2Old Style6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
7Modern Extended6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
9Latin Antique6, 8
12Clarendon6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
26Modern Wide (No 4)5
53Old Style Bold6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
59Veronese12
77Modern Extended (No 2)9
101Imprint6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11D, 12
108Italian Old Style10
110Plantin6, 8, 9, 10, 12
119Blado Italic10, 11, 12
128Caslon8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14
135Bodoni8, 10, 12
151Old Style (No. 4)6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
156Garamond6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14
169Baskerville6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18
185Fourner8, 10, 11, 12, 13.5
194Plantin Bold6, 8, 9, 10
201Garamond Bold10, 12
227Century Schoolbook6, 10, 12, 14, 18
239Perpetua10, 12
252Centaur10, 12, 14
260Bodoni Bold8, 10, 12
262Gill Sans6, 8, 10, 12
270Bembo6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
275Gill Sans Bold6, 8, 10, 12
291Goudy Old Style6, 8, 10, 11, 12
310Imprint Bold14
321Gill Sans Extra Bold12
341Bell8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14
374Walbaum8D, 9D, 10D, 11D, 12D
375Walbaum Medium8D
390Rockwell Light10
428Bembo Bold12
453Ehrhardt9, 11
556Spectrum6D, 8D, 10D, 12D
569Four Line Mathematics10
570Modern Bold6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
685Univers Light8D, 10D
689Univers Medium9D, 10D
693Univers Bold9D
696Univers Extra Bold10D

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