Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
The spacebands that I have here at the shop are 4 lines. I assumed that the number of identifying lines marked in the side of the spaceband correspond with the thickness of the space. Nope. I was wrong. The breakdown is below. Info from "Linotype Keyboard Operation" book.
One Line: Thick
For Normal spacing of medium size faces where close spacing is not required.
Two Lines: Extra Thin
For close spacing. Recommended for offices doing good book and job work and those using small faces.
Three Lines: Extra Thick
Used only for large display faces where wide spacing is required.
Four Lines: Special Taper
Similar to the wide range (see below) but a little thicker at both minimum and maximum points.
Five Lines: Wide Range
Gives extreme flexibility of spacing. Thin enough for close spacing, with ample range of expansion for wide spacing.
What I learned: generally speaking, space bands have a "spread" of 3 pts, so if you have at least 5 space bands in a line, they will easily take up a pica worth of space. I'll add a separate post which will describe the markings and different thickness of Linotype spacebands.
Another thing I was reminded of after setting these lines are the rules for indentation. For commercial work, the rule of thumb is to indent paragraphs by an em for lines set up to 20 picas. 1.5 ems for lines up to 25 picas, and 2 ems for lines above 25 picas. Of course depending on type size, leading, etc. there are exceptions. But after looking at the paragraphs I set below, I think my 2 em indentations are a bit too aggressive. I referenced the book "Linotype Keyboard Operation" for the refresher.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
|Poster Composition cast on the Stumptown Printers' Linotype Model 31|
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
1. Fired up the machine after a long day of regular job printing. (Not the best idea to attempt to cast while not quite on the ball.)
2. Attempted to cast the second position of a 14 pt (regular 2 letter) matrices using a 10-18 F7660 mold.
3. Tried it again.
4. Wondered why the machine was squirting.
Lesson (note to self): Don't do that. First position is no problem but second will not work. Check positioning of mat on mold before attempting to cast. And, do a little research on this particular mold: Mold 10-18 F7660.
Proofing linotype composition, a photo by Stumptown Printers on Flickr.
This is a proof from The Two Man Gentlemen Band release "Two at a Time," their 7th full-length release, which was recorded, designed, and packaged entirely without digital technology. Most of the type was composed on our Model 31. Additional photos of the process can be viewed here.
Friday, February 3, 2012
It's a big night for these guys, the world premiere of the film happens tonight at the SVA Theatre in New York City. The newest trailer of the film is even better than the first, it adds clips of our Linotype heros Carl Schlesinger, Dave Seat and others. Congratulations and have fun at the premiere, guys. We're looking forward to seeing the film!
I know brazing cast iron can be tricky business, and it seems to be difficult to find folks who are willing to do it these days, but it can be done and in this case it is a clean effective repair. This solution seems to be a heck of a lot simpler than pulling the main cams and shaft apart. Still, the mystery is: how did this thing break? As far as I can see, this part of the cam is used to assist in retracting the ejector lever after the slug is ejected, but it seems that the mold cam lever does most of this work. I can't really imagine what would have caused this much force to crack the cam.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This is a post for Keelan Lightfoot who recently acquired a Linotype Model 31 with a damaged delivery and elevator transfer cam. His machine is not under power at this point, so he was hoping to see if he could determine if the damage to his machine is detrimental to its operation. Keelan, the 3rd perspective shows a line of white-out that I applied to the cam in order to determine where the follower hits it at this point. I thought it was a good idea, but it didn't really reveal much. The white-out wasn't quite dry when the cam rotated and it appeared to be un-touched after the cycle. Maybe this is good news, but I'm suspicious. I didn't really get a chance to dig around back there. But there you have it. Anyway, this perspective is not one that I see very often. It's quite a graceful motion, isn't it?