Sadly, we report the passing of Mort McFeeters (who was the Binding Overseer at Netley) who died midday on Thursday, 7 November, 2019. Aged 81 years.
Mort had been quite ill for a long period of time.
He was born on 22 December, 1937 and commenced an apprenticeship to hand and machine binding at the Government Printing Office on 18 February, 1952.
It soon became apparent that young Mort had a real aptitude for things mechanical. Over a period of time he became a master of machine binding.
Mort retired on 21 October, 1991 after serving the Government Printing Office loyally for almost 40 years.
Tragically, Mort’s wife Connie passed away in August, 2013, leaving Mort and his daughter Jeanette devastated.
May He Rest in Peace.
A PRIVATE FAMILY Funeral Service will be held to Remember the Life of Morton McFeeters.
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type and Borders (1874)
Some select pages from the exquisite Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. (1874), a specimen book produced by the William H. Page wood type company.
Chromatic types, which were made to print in two or more colours, were first produced as wood type by Edwin Allen, and shown by George Nesbitt in his 1841 Fourth Specimen of Machinery Cut Wood Type.
It is William H Page’s book, however, that is considered to be the highpoint of chromatic wood type production.
As well as providing over 100 pages of brilliantly coloured type, the book can also be seen, at times, to act as some sort of accidental experimental poetry volume, with such strange snippets as “Geographical excursion knives home” and “Numerous stolen mind” adorning its pages.
One wonders whether the decisions about what words to feature and in what order were entirely arbitrary.
Thanks to the wonderful Bibliodyssey blog where we came across the book: visit the post there for more info on the book and a great list of related links.
Source: Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type and Borders (1874) – The Public Domain Review