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 which remained the mainstay of newspaper production for almost a century.

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

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 stuff.

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? Do a search of the Forum, or make a post.

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

The Store has letterpress-themed gift ideas and is able to fulfill orders worldwide.

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

27 thoughts on “Welcome to Metal Type”

    1. Fantastic job, Dave . . . regularly use your site for my FB page, Dardanup Heritage Park Print Shop. Thanks so much for your info. Cheers, Pete

  1. Well done, Dave. Nice to see you back again. Hope everything is OK with you. Must get to York for a visit. Mike Wilson, Bridlington

    1. One comment. Since the interface is spacious, it would be nice to have a “return to top of page” link at the bottom. Mostly for convenience.

  2. Having operated Linotypes from the early ’50s to 1980 I’m wondering when the last Linotype (of any model was made)?

    1. I’m surprised that they would produce a Linotype at that late date. I believe I have read where they made a linotype that would photo graph the matrices but it was soon outdated by “Editwriter” a composing machine that would produce printed material when the composing paper was run through a special solution. This was soon replaced by the computer. What will be the next significant advance in communication in the next 50 years? Hard to say. Newspapers may be gone, replaced by only small news articles on the computer.

        1. I stand corrected. My name of the Ediwriter should have been the Compugraphic which I thought would be around for years and then the computer completely replaced it. One question: Where did they make the matrices for the Linotypes?

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