Composition Caster - Typesetting, Monotype, Mid 20th Century Object Reg. No: HT 15173

Machine used in the Railway Printing Branch before that department was amalgamated with the Government Printing Office.

The paper ribbon prepared by the keyboard operator is fixed in the caster tower. It unwinds step by step and passes over air vents. Compressed air passing through these air vents raises stop pins and these pins control the positioning of the matrix-case as the perforations for a particular letter pass over the air vents. The matrix-case is halted at the required position over the mould for a fraction of a second needed to cast and eject the corresponding type and then it moves to the next position.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1750 mm (Height), 1300 mm (Width), 1100 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: The machine

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Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: typesetting
Inscriptions: Metal label: Monotype Corporation/Composition Caster/Made in England/Patented/Serial No: 30261/Registered Trade Mark/Monotype
Label on side: Monotype
The machine has a Funditor Metal Pot, Serial No. 69454, 3000 watts
Machine has an oily tag on the side - 'Lot 23' - which relates to its VGPO heritage.
User: Victorian Government Printing Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1989

This particular machine was used in the Railway Printing Branch before that department was amalgamated with the Government Printing Office.
Manufacturer: Monotype Corporation Ltd, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1930-1940

Dates are estimated.
References: Sources used by Peter Marsh (2 July 2007) for this record:
VPRS 9957/P1, Unit 29, File 82/27/1
VPRS 9957/P1, Unit 56, File 87/103/1
VPRS 9957/P2, Unit 17. File 81/214
(VPRS = Victorian Public Record Series)


David Bolton Posted on 11 Mar 2014 8:56 PM
Knowing the serial number, you can probably get the date of the machine from Duncan Avery at Monotype Hot Metal in London.
David Bolton Posted on 10 Jun 2014 7:20 PM
According to the records at the Type Archive in London (i.e. Duncan Avery at Monotype Hot Metal), this caster was shipped to Monotype Victoria in January 1973.

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