Typecasting at The Whittington Press

I recently had the great pleasure to return to Whittington again to exhibit at the  Whittington Press Open Day 2011 and was delighted to watch – through the fug of fumes from the  Monotype casters – brand new type being cast by Neil Winter (ex-Libanus Press).

Since John Randle bought his first  Monotype caster and keyboard at auction for  The Whittington Press in 1981, their range of typefaces and  Monotype equipment has increased considerably and they have recently started casting founts of type for sale.

Having acquired the entire library of  Monotype diecases of the Oxford University Press in 1986 when the OUP closed its printing division,  The Whittington Press had assembled one of the most comprehensive collections in existence. The casting operation was originally run by retired  Monotype operator George Wiggall and is now run by Neil Winter, who is an experienced operator & engineer and looks after their three Composition Casters and two Supercasters.

Packets of semi-founders’ Caslon type cast at The Whittington Press

The Whittington Press has started casting some of their rarer founts for sale, starting with Caslon in 18-, 22-, and 24-point, roman, italic and small caps, with castings of Centaur, Bible Centaur and innumerable ornaments & fleurons are underway.

A fount of semi-founders’ Caslon type cast at The Whittington Press

Monotype diecases & layouts at The Whittington Press (image courtesy of Ian Knight/Printmonkey Press)

A Monotype Composition Caster at The Whittington Press (image courtesy of Ian Knight/Printmonkey Press)

Detail of a Monotype Composition Caster at The Whittington Press

2 Comments

  1. Posted November 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Great article – glad some of the pics were of use. Eagerly awaiting next years open day !

  2. Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Great stuff man. These pics are fascinating for a person like me who loves poster printing service.

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