With information from Norman and from Robert Richardson in London, I tried
to visit Bauer in Barcelona last summer. After contacting them in advance, I
eventually received a message from Dr. Hartmann that they were no longer
casting metal type. He said that they had a small stock of fonts remaining
for sale, but could not mill them to .918. Further, they were closing for
the month of August, and I was arriving late in the day on July 31st! So a
visit was not possible even to see what remained available.
Someone on the Letpress list reported that "I believe he still has a caster
or two as friends of mine are going to Barcelona in October for some
hands-on instruction but I am told most of the mats have gone." I had heard
that most of the mats were transferred to the University of Barcelona some
years ago, except for the most popular ones that they had continued to cast.
On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Norman L McKnight <philoxenia@...
> Fundicion Tipografica Bauer, Barcelona, is definitely out of business
> for casting metal types. They shut down sometime last year I believe.
> I refered someone on one of these Lists who contacted me as a "person
> of interest" regarding Bauer. They reported back that the foundry was
> no longer operating. They actually visited & found it closed. It is
> possible that some stock remains. It would be interesting to know the
> disposition of the archive & machinery. I do know that all casters
> over 36 point were given to the School of Graphic Arts, University
> of Barcelona. It is unknown to me what they do with them if anything
> or even if they have the space to contain the remaining material.
> This sounds like something for Darmstadt. The old Victoria type-
> foundry in Athens also shut down after their big earthquake a number
> of years ago. The foundry was "given away" to someone who later sold
> it to someone else. I had a contact in Athens do a search, calling
> everyone in the Athens directory of the relatively uncommon name, &
> found no one but lonely people who wanted to chat but knew nothing
> about printing types. There is a relatively small but active
> letterpress community active in Greece doing some interesting
> work; but the language is a barrier to Westerners, as it was for the
> vary active community in Czechoslovakia. I have a wonderful magazine
> supplement (Epta imeres: Seven Days) with considerable information
> about it, but alas, my Modern Greek is insufficient to get more than
> a taste of it. The magazine also did one on hand bookbinding, & they
> run about thirty pages of history & practice with great photos.
> Norman McKnight
> Philoxenia Press
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