Composing Typecasters

(Mostly the Monotype Composition Caster)

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Monotype Composing Typecasters

Note: Most of the Monotype information on CircuitousRoot concerns the hot metal typecasting products of the Lanston Monotype Machine Company of Philadelphia. I am able to reprint very little material from The Monotype Corporation Limited (London and Salfords, UK).

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Monotype Composition Caster

Technical documents. Most of the Lanston Monotype type specimens and matrix information on CircuitousRoot.

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Monotype Monomatic and Monomatic II Caster

[NOTHING YET] But see Rich Hopkins' film Casting a Font of Type.

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General Monotype Literature

High-level and/or historical accounts of the Monotype companies and products which span two or more casters.

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Monotype Casting Literature Online

An annotated list of the places online where literature on Monotype composing and non-composing casting machines may be found.

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Monotype-Derived Composing Typecasters

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KMT Automatic Typesetting Machine

These machines, while clearly derived from the Monotype Composition Caster, represented a substantial additional engineering effort. They were adapted to compose in Japanese, with extraordinarily large matrix cases (up to 4,992 matrices, vs. 225 for a standard Monotype case). They were driven from 6-level paper tape.

Koike Manufacturing Co., Ltd. built what is perhaps the most diverse range of hot metal equipment of any company in history. Besides this K.M.T. Automatic Typesetting Machine, the machines they built included:

For a general discussion of the Koike Manufacturing Company and its founder KOIKE Rinpei, see the Notebook on the a Koike Automatic Type Caster.

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Non-Monotype Composing Typecasters

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Electrotypograph

[This is just a place-holder so far. This machine is covered in Huss (Cat. no. 172, pp. 184-185) and referred to by Thompson (1904). It is notable as a telegraphically controlled composing typecasting system. ]

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Goodson Graphotype

[This is just a place-holder so far; see Huss for more information.]

Not to be confused with the ../../ Graphotype used to produce plates for the Addressograph machine.

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Oddur

[This is just a place-holder so far.] Huss lists the Oddur Type-Bar Machine as a keyboard-operated type-casting machine. by Oddur V. Sigurdsson of Iceland. Corporate directories list James O. Clephane as the President and a Director of the Oddur Machine Co. in the US.

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Tachytype Caster-Composer

[This is just a place-holder so far. This machine is covered in Huss (Cat. no. 154, pp. 169-170) and referred to by Thompson (1904). It is notable for its use of tape control and unit-set type. ]

Not to be confused with the Tachytype Impresssion Slug Caster, also by Frank A. Johnson.

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