Rainer Gerstenberg is Retiring

We received a letter at the beginning of the year from RG stating he’s ceasing operations at the end of 2021.

This is bad news, as now it’s not a game of what do you have more of, time, or money. It used to be if you had time, the money could be found. Now the clock ticks down, but the bank account isn’t ticking up.

So if you had in mind purchasing type from Stempel, Klingspor, Deberney, Weber, Olive, et al., buy now, or cry later.

Dale Guild Type Foundry

No longer in operation

Pulling together the proprietary casters, and equipment of American Type Founders auctioned in 1992, Theo Rehak set about carrying on the great tradition of type casting in the United States. As the last employee hired by ATF to learn the secrets of the Barth foundry caster, matrix engraving, and fitting, Rehak represented the end of an era. The reigns have passed to a younger generation in Micah Slawinski Currier. Micah is mastering casters and matrix production, and types are being cast from historic ATF matrices, as well as those newly engraved.

You can find more information on the Dale Guild here: http://thedaleguild.com/

M&H Type

M&H Type is a Monotype and Thompson cast type foundry in San Francisco and can supply a huge selection of Lanston Monotype faces.

Operating in house at Andrew Hoyem’s Arion Press, they supply all the type needs of Hoyem’s book production, but also cast fonts, sorts, decorative piece and strip material for the general public.

Find them at: http://www.arionpress.com/mandh/index.htm

Schriften=Service D. Stempel / Rainer Gerstenberg

We’ve been trying to get a handle on what’s happening in Germany at Stempel. Rainer Gerstenberg is as I understand it, the sole operator of what remains of many of the great European foundries. Specimen books and brochures show types from not only Stempel, but Haas’sche Gießerei, Gebr. Klingspor, Nebiolo, Foundrie Olive, Deberny & Peignot, etc.. So many amazing faces available, if only people would order.

We hope to be able to provide more information soon by way of a couple contacts in Germany.

See more here: http://www.rainer-gerstenberg.de

Fundicion Tipografica Neufville/ Bauersche Gießerei

We’ve received an email from Wolfgang Hartmann, Director of Neufville/Bauer confirming that type casting operations ceased in 2008. I had know this was the case, but this is truly bad news to have confirmed.

I have asked for additional information as he is willing to provide that might flesh out some kind of report on the state of casters and matrices. This may not be information he wishes to provide.

An inventory list was provided of the remaining stock of zinc type for bookbinding, and metal types in boxed form, or wrapped fonts. The list is in Spanish, and while I have partially interpreted meaning, some clarity on numbers has been enquired about and further information will be forthcoming. Suffice to say, the quantities are bare bones with a range of sizes from around 12 – 20pt.

That stated, the types are on a Didot body (not pica), and it appears, on a European .928″ height to paper, rather than the .918″ American standard. I have enquired about milling to height.

See the comments for additional information.

Printing From Things, Not Pictures Of Things

Welcome to the Type Consortium.

The aim of this site will be to gauge interest in, and pool resources to purchase letterpress type in quantity from the few traditional type foundries still in operation. The advantage will be two-fold: lower prices for purchasers, more work for the foundries.

Contrary to the opinion of some with vested interest in other technologies, it’s my belief that letterpress cannot be done without type, and specifically, “foundry type”. Due to the hardness of the metal amalgam which makes up foundry type, there is the ability to cast designs otherwise unavailable in other systems such as Monotype, or the several line casting technologies. Fine serifs, italic kerns, light weights, and script designs can only be cast in hard foundry metal, and be expected to hold up to more than a single press run.

Type has always been a capital investment, and beyond that, type is captured energy in a world concerned with energy usage and efficiency. Laying good type in a case and treating it properly means that the cost of the materials, and the energy input to create it, is available to be used and reused again.