Re: The Optima "you can't have."
With the demise of the foundries there is no longer that option. This
was one of the impetuses for the adaptation of the photopolymer plate
process back in the late 1980s.
At that time there was still a number of quality Monotype services
around but foundry type was severely restricted in its offerings. To
obtain a complete and working collection of a typeface like Optima was
near impossible and even if possible, unbelievably expensive.
You could easily buy a high-end photopolymer platemaking machine (or
two) for the cost of a cabinet of new foundry type. I remember paying
around $6,500 for about 30 rather full cases of new Monotype casting
back in the early 90s. This was for a full ranging typeface with
plenty of options for book text setting, small text, and display. I
paid $16,500 for a similar configuration of "as new" second-hand
Obviously, new metal type was a significant investment, and quite
restrictive in its potential for recouping the cost. The mass
explosion of interest in letterpress is largely because the cost of
participation is insignificant compared to what it once was. Used
Vandercooks may, in some cases, such as the SP15, be approaching their
original selling price, but the cost of letterpress production today
is nowhere near what it once was.
For someone who already has a computer, a press, and a flatbase, the
cost of a digital font, film negative, and photopolymer plate is
relatively inconsequential. Weirder still, film negatives and
photopolymer plate processing are still priced at near what they were
in the early 1990s. I used to pay $25 for film, today it is charged at
$14. I compared the rates for an 8.5 x 11 inch photopolymer plate
processed today and the price I was paying back in 1993, and they are
> Hi, everybody,just for hand-set, just for
> Just out of curiosity, what would it cost to outfit a real type shop
> all the fonts that you would need for "ordinary" work? I thinkLinotypes and Monotypes are
> a little scary with the molten metal; I just want plain old type.Is this even a possibility?
>aspirations in the
> Thank you.
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Gerald Lange" <Bieler@> wrote:
> > Peter
> > Yeah the metal was the best.
> *************I'm thinking we are screwed. We have put our
> > wrong hands.
> > Gerald
> > http://BielerPress.blogspot.com
- I'm sorry, but what is the difference between trimming and cutting?
On Oct 3, 2007, at 12:46 PM, David Goodrich wrote:
> At an APHA of NY meeting last night where we were privileged to
> peruse a
> number of volumes from the ATF collection in the Columbia University
> Library, I found a small printed slip of paper inside the cover of the
> Kelmscott Press' "Golden Legend" that read:
> IF this book is to be bound, the edges of the leaves should only be
> not cut. In no case should the book be pressed, as that would
> destroy the
> "impression" of the type and thus injure the appearance of the
> W. MORRIS
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