Welcome to Metal Type

METAL TYPE is the place for printers, typesetters and newspaper workers, who fondly remember those letterpress days, to come and reminisce.

The site originally concentrated on the ingenious Linotype mechanical typesetting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1884.

These machines were the mainstay of newspaper type production for almost a century and many have been preserved.

Linecasters still feature strongly on the site, but over the years the site has expanded to cover all aspects of printing trade nostalgia.

Unique Content

Much of the content is unique to this site, having being submitted by site users over the years.

There are pictures of workplaces and people, videos of machines working, pictures of rare and old machines, stories from the old days, poems, limericks, etc.

Have a sift through the categories, or try a search, there is a vast amount of material.

Instruction Manuals & Monotype Recorders

The Library has many hard-to-find instruction manuals as well as the internet’s largest collection of “Monotype Recorders” all free to download in PDF format.

Looking for advice on a letterpress-related subject? Take a look at the Printing Advice section where you can ask our expert Phil a question.

Visit the Free Ads page if you are looking for equipment, or have some to sell. Placing an advert is free, and easy.

The Forum is the place to interact with other letterpress enthusiasts, and has some real experts in all sorts of areas, particularly present-day Monotype usage.

Letterpress Gift Ideas

The Store has letterpress-themed gift ideas and is able to fulfil orders worldwide. Also take a look at the Framed Type Samples (UK only).

Get in Touch . . .

If you would like to submit some material to the site, or contact me about anything else, please go to the Contact Page.