Monotype Giant Caster

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The Philadelphia-based Lanston Monotype Machine Company's "Giant Caster" (so called because of its capabilities, not the size of the machine itself) was introduced 1926. It was a new design, technically unrelated to the Monotype Composition and Type-&-Rule Casters. Its development process was led by Lanston Monotype's chief engineer at the time, Mauritz C. Indahl.

A Lanston Monotype Machine Company sales brochure on The Monotype Giant Caster describes its capabilities in this way:

"The Monotype Giant Caster makes type for use in hand composition in all sizes from 14 to 72 point and 84 point title line caps. [italics original] The 14 and 18 point type is cast solid in coreless molds; 24 and 30 point in molds which provide one core, 36, 42, 48, 60, and 72 point in double-core molds."

[it also casts] "special ornaments and corner-pieces from 14 to 72 point; special full-face figures and fractions from 14 to 108 point, special superior figures in sizes up to 72 point, and quads and spaces from 14 to 72 point."

[and fusion-cast strip material (furniture)] "14, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 60, and 72 point sizes of metal furniture can be made on the Giant Caster in any length from one pica to whatever measure you may desire." [noting also that] "Molds can be supplied for making Monotype Giant Caster Metal Furniture of any standard or special height to meet any requirement."

This same publication also notes that "Sizes from 14 to 36 point, inclusive, are cast from regular 0.050" drive Display Matrices, and 42 point and larger from 0.065" drive Giant Caster Matrices."

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