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  • Gerald Lange
    Aug 9, 2009
      Makes sense. I recall one of the early, significant American type foundries did make an official complaint to the government about a duty on bismuth (I have a copy somewhere), wherein they cited restrictions as detrimental to purpose and commerce. Somewhat interesting to me as I assumed that antimony had replaced bismuth as an essential in type casting by the early 16th century.


      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Ph.D." <phil@...> wrote:
      > In the very early days of the United States republic,
      > Congress enacted a 25% duty on imports of metal
      > type, but no duty at all on matrices. This was to
      > encourage a domestic type founding industry. (See
      > "Irregularities in the Customs Shed" by Paul Duensing,
      > 1984, on Miller & Richard of Scotland's complaints
      > in 1876 that they were being overcharged on the
      > 25% duty.)
      > As far as I know this law still stands. My personal
      > experience has been that if the type comes in a
      > heavy enough box that it must be delivered by common
      > carrier, you will have to go through a customs broker
      > and pay the duty. If it's small enough to come via the
      > post office or UPS, then it just shows up at your
      > shop with no furthur ado. I don't know why the difference.
      > --Ph. D.
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Gerald Lange
      > To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Saturday, August 08, 2009 3:32 AM
      > Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: Metal type updated
      > Certainly can understand the rationale for that, customs clearance and all, though my understanding is that metal type specifically cannot be taxed as import in the USA, constitutional freedom of speech and all, whatever that actually means. Sort of like what exactly does the right to bear arms against an unpopular government mean? Historically; not at all, under any circumstance.
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