The Type High Gauge.

Type High Gauge This tool measures the height of a piece of type or a forme and came in a variety of styles. The most common is a forked tool into which the type is placed. A set of marks scored into the gauge note type high. Like the roller gauge, this tool is very […]

The Monotype Keyboard.

 A Monotype keyboard allows a keyboard operator to prepare a punched paper tape, called ribbon, that will direct the casting of type separately from its actual casting. The keyboard on which the operator types is removable, as is a set of keybars under the keys; the keybars, corresponding to each key, determine which holes will […]

The “Death” of the Old Guv. 1974.

We could never understand why the Netley Complex was built in the 1970s as a Monument to the End of the Age of Hot Metal Printing Technology. With the Greatest Revolution in Print since the time of Johannes Gutenberg just around the corner, why did the Government choose to install the largest parquet floor in […]

“The Stanhope” First Printing Press in the Colony.

The first Printing Press in the Colony was landed at Holdfast Bay on 8th November, 1836, from the barque “Africaine”. The Press was offloaded on to the Beach just South of the Patawalonga mouth. The Stanhope was a Demy Press invented by Earl Stanhope at the beginning of the 19th Century and superseded the wooden […]

Vintage Printing Terms, Part Two.

Colophon A statement at the end of a book containing some or all of the following: name of the work, author, printer, place of printing, date. It is sometimes accompanied by a printer’s device or mark. This information was later carried on the title page. Compositor A person who sets, corrects and distributes type (see […]

Vintage Printing Terms, Part One.

Can’t tell a forme from a frisket? Don’t know the difference between a punch and a matrix? Our glossary will guide you through many of the technical terms relating to early books and printing. Black-letter A name (which came into use around 1600) for the form of type Gothic used by early printers, as distinguished […]

The Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat, 1938.

When the Boeing 314 flying boat made its appearance, it was the largest civil aircraft in service.  The Yankee Clipper project dates back to 1935, with the start of a series of negotiations between Pan American World Airways and Boeing for the production of a flying-boat capable of guaranteeing transatlantic passenger flights with a high […]

Carrie Nation, the Anti-Booze Lady with the Hatchet.

Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (Artist: White Studio c. 1903, gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution) Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), a.k.a Carry A. Nation, “The Lady with the Hatchet” Though Prohibition is synonymous with the Roaring Twenties, the political movement that spawned it took nearly 100 years to catch on in the U.S. […]

“Useless” Fort Boyard, France was built over 56 years,1801-1857.

Image Credit: Photographs by Socks Studio When Louis XIV first proposed the idea of a fort in the middle of water off the Bay of Biscay, his advisors thought he had gone completely crazy. He was told the idea was impossible and was wisely dissuaded. 150 years later, Napoleon was on his charge across Europe […]