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Welcome to the Metal Type Library. Here you'll find documents, instruction manuals, etc. available to download. Click on the document's heading to start the download. Most of the documents are PDF files, and will require Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view them.
Very rare publication detailing all the mathematics behind the Monotype system (15MB).
Just over 100 pages, illustrated. (79MB).
Just over 300 pages, illustrated. (71MB).
32 pages, illustrated. (77MB).
Just over 100 pages, lots of illustrations. (59MB).
Almost 100 pages, illustrated. (95MB).
Just over 100 pages, illustrated. (65MB).
Over 200 pages, many illustrations. (142MB).
Nice promotional brochure, 38 pages (67MB).
Approximately 100 pages, illustrated. (69MB).
Approx 30 pages, illustrated. (16MB).
1926, Just over 80 pages, illustrated. (39MB).
A nice, clean 17-page document with a couple of illustrations in PDF format (464KB. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. Click the heading to start the download.
The Thompson Automatic (British version) Instruction and Operator's Manual, including maintenance, in PDF format. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. 36 Pages (644KB).
53 pages, with lots of illustrations in PDF format. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. (8.5MB).
37 pages, lots of illustrations. Sections on installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting in PDF format (11.3MB).
Every part of the press, both American and English versions, illustrated and catalogued. 37 pages in PDF format (8.39MB).
A 55-page document, with many illustrations, wiring diagrams, etc. Not as clean as the Thompson manual, made from scans of the original document. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. PDF format (1.9MB).
"The Intertype, Its Function, Care, Operation and Adjustment", by MacD Sinclair, with the collaboration of the engineering staff of the Intertype Corporation. From the collection of the Prelinger Library. All 450 pages. (58MB PDF).
8-page instruction book for this Linotype/Intertype matrix repair tool. (1.05MB PDF).
Interesting document, published by Linotype probably around 1960, advertising their current range of machines. Includes Comet, Meteor Model 5, Blue Streak Model 29, New Model 31, The Linofilm System, Model 33 and 34, Model 35 and 36. 14 (double) pages. (22.3MB PDF).
Detailed instructions on how to erect this machine, with floor plan. 17 pages. (20.9MB PDF).
An easy copy-fitting method. The character count method. 23 pages. (8.99MB PDF).
Numerical listing of type faces by font numbers. 40 pages. (28.4MB PDF).
35 pages, published by Linotype, explaining how to erect a Model 31 Blue Streak Linotype after delivery in boxes from the fatory. Sent in by David MacMillan. (23.9MB PDF).
55 pages, illustations, maintenance, adjustments, wiring diagrams and parts list in PDF format. Sent in by David MacMillan. (9.4MB).
Nice advertising brochure, with many illustrations, sent in by David MacMillan. (3.33MB PDF).
Illustrated 6-page brochure showing the advantages of using Ludlow Ruleform matrices, sent in by David MacMillan. (2.05MB).
A single, fairly high-resolution stick-sized JPEG, detailing how to use the Ludlow self-centering composition stick, sent in by David MacMillan. (324KB PDF).
Published by the Linotype Corporation in 1937. Useful information, including notches, tooth combinations, face identification numbers, suggested font schemes, accented characters, keyboard diagrams, All-Purpose Linotype matrix information, typographic refinements, etc. PDF format. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. (3.41MB).
An 8-page document, probably from the early 1900s, extolling the virtues of the new Linotype over the previous "Blower" machines. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. PDF format (273KB).
Instructions and parts list, 17 pages, with some illustrations. PDF format (544KB).
French Language. Operator's instruction manual. 110 pages. PDF format (9.18MB).
12-page advertising brochure for the Intertype Quadder, with some nice illustrations. PDF format (2.74MB).
Functions, care, operation and adjustment. 24 pages, illustrated. PDF format (555KB).
72-page instruction manual and fault-finding guide, with illustrations for this device that was used on high-speed tape-operated linecasters. PDF format (21.9MB). The Patent Application for this device is also available to download. PDF format, 10 pages (2.6MB).
British Printing Industries Federation booklet. PDF format (5MB).
6-page illustrated instruction manual for this universal metal feeder used on many machines. PDF format (14.9MB).
Chandler and Price and Linotype company logos – high quality artwork to download. ZIP file (1.1MB). Click this link to preview the artwork: Printing Machinery Logos.
Instruction manual with parts list and wiring diagram. 53 pages. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. PDF format (3.47MB).
Instruction manual with parts list, number 8 (revised) edition. 169 pages, with illustrations. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. PDF format (9.54MB).
Instruction manual with parts list, includes trouble-shooting guide. 97 pages, with illustrations. Sent in by Andy Taylor of AJT Typesetting and Printing. PDF format (5.65MB).
Parts list, with three illustrations. Sent in by David M MacMilan. PDF format (2.05MB).
Makeready details and techniques, 32-page illustrated booklet from the Cromwell Paper Company. PDF format (3.25MB).
A nice 1-page diagram and instructions on how to make a pressman's hat from a sheet of newspaper, produced by Ayre & Spottiswoode Ltd., Her Majesty's Printers. PDF format (642KB).