Strip Moulds at Don Black’s

While I was at Don Black’s today, Don mentioned that in the process of cleaning up their warehouse (a daunting project which appears to be coming along well) he found a few boxes of what he thought were Monotype parts. One box, which I purchased, contained justification wedges (although they turned out not to be for the Composition caster).

There were also three boxes of what were obviously moulds for making rule or leading seemingly made by Monotype but also clearly not for the Composition caster.

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My guess is that they fit the Giant Caster, but some expert on this machine would have to verify that. I think I have a manual for this machine somewhere so I might be able to check this myself.

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The part and serial numbers (1½ NR2F903H #114). The 1½ is probably the width in points and the 'F' might mean full-face rule. Other moulds had a number instead of the 'F'.

The part and serial numbers (1½ NR2F903H #114). The 1½ is probably the width in points and the ‘F’ might mean full-face rule. Other moulds had a number instead of the ‘F’.

Don has 20 or 30 of these moulds, in sizes that appear to range from 12 point down to ½ point (try pulling that with an Elrod!). There are also several metal plates, in two sizes, with four large holes in each, perhaps some kind of spacer.

So if any of you know what these are (or even better, you want to rescue them), speak up!

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2 comments on “Strip Moulds at Don Black’s
  1. kpmartin says:

    These look like they might be for the Material Making Machine. Unfortunately the book I looked in (Monotype Material Making Machine Adjustments) did not actually show a photo or drawing of just the mould so it is hard to be certain of this.

  2. kpmartin says:

    More verification: the book Parts List: Monotype Material Making Machine lists several types of mould to use on the caster, including the NR2F style whose number is shown in this post. Some of the other markings I thought I had seen might have been misread as there is no listing of a ½-point mould.
    Conversely, the parts list for the Giant Caster (which I found online at the Internet Archive) does not mention this mould series.

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