Letterpress Type – hand setting and compositions. Like the old days

It was slow and precise. Then machines that set text appeared rattling out 9,000 characters an hour, 24 7; save for maintenance. In the 50’s I remember the FOC- Father of the Chapel, saying, ‘Don’t worry your job is safe, been around for 600 years. Jim referred to rumours a man at Bromley in Kent 20 miles from where I worked at a large printer at Chatham in Kent. This man had a machine called a ‘Word Processor,’ and could set in a week, more type than several hundred Compositors in the county could do in a month. Some years later and when Rupert Murdoch virtually shut down London’s Fleet Street, thousands of Tradesmen were out of work. What happened you see was. Typists could type text/copy it was transferred to a material that...

Letterpress Wood Type for sale

This gallery shows just some of the cases of the type for sale. All is 150+ years old and made in York England by the renowned manufacturer Robert DeLittle established in 1888. There’s the photo of Robert’s catalogue I purchased just as he donated all his machinery to a then-proposed printing museum in London. Included are photos of one magnificent Mahogany cabinets I restored, I still have a double that holds 36 cases. Metal type sticks to set metal type and one of my hardwood ones-for wood letters used for posters- as posters were large and lead type far too heavy to move from a composing room to the bed of a printing machine. If you have an idea of the size and style of cases or letters you want to refer to give me the name of a similar one on your...