The Elrod Rule Caster.


The Elrod was perfected by Benjamin Elrod in 1917.
The machine is an extrusion-type device with type metal entering the mould on one side and then cooling, solidifying and being pulled from the mould on the other.
The original machine only made 6 point leading. In 1920 sales and manufacture of the Elrod were transferred to the Ludlow Typograph Company, who continued to make improvements, finally developing moulds that could cast a variety of line spacing material up to 36 point, as well as type high rule.
Unlike all the rest of the type casting machines discussed, the Elrod has no matrix, and is thus limited in its output to leading or continuous line material such as rule.
via Leading and Border Casting Machines | Letterpress Commons.

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My name is Rod Parham, Hot Metal Compositor. I was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1947. Single with two children and a grandson. I Love History, Movies and Words.

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  1. Stolen Biro

    I used to love running this machine, even with its burning oil fumes and stinking metal pot, when I was apprenticed at Pritchard & Bartholomew in Ranelagh Street, Adelaide, from 1966 onwards.
    The leading we had moulds for were half-point up to 18-point; larger sizes were bought from other suppliers. We also made hairline rules on a one-point body.
    A starting strip of the required size was rammed into the mould to get it started – not a problem with most sizes. However, the smaller sizes were sometimes a nightmare to get going and I would go through sh*tloads of starting strips trying to get a run on.
    I would tear across the road to Sandy Macs, on Waymouth Street, and beg for starting strips on many occasions, eventually managing to get the small stuff pumping along, after a few attempts.
    To get a start first-try with the small sizes was always a challenge – but, once achieved, made me feel pretty good!
    Occ health and safety back then wasn’t what it is today. On a boiling-hot day, the print shop having no air-conditioning, I would operate this machine in shorts, NO shirt and sandals – but I did wear an apron!
    The miserable old boss said to me one day “Don’t think you can come in here tomorrow wearing bathers, will you!” Aah, memories!


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