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Skyline Type Foundry

Sky Ship­ley has built quite an oper­a­tion in Prescott, AZ

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:

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:

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:

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.