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Nice history, Flo! I always wanted to know more about the origin of Monotype Script.
I’d like to see what Monotype Script Light (Series 475) looks like. Do you know of a sample?
The feature “Making headlines: printing the Guardian newspaper, 1921–1987” by Emma Golding has some great images from the GNM Archive showing the process of stereotyping.
Once a page had been set and corrected it would be covered with a thick sheet of paper (known as a flong) and an impression taken under immense pressure. From the flong a curved metal plate (known as a stereotype plate) would be moulded by the stereo department.
The stereo department were responsible for transforming flongs (the paper moulds of typeset pages) into curved metal stereotype plates which would be fitted to presses to print the newspaper. Multiple plates could be made from one typeset page and they were fairly durable under the presses.
Before a stereotype plate could be cast each flong had to be carefully inspected for defects by an examiner. Flongs were then placed in casting boxes and molten metal was pumped in and set to create the curved stereotype plate. After casting, plates would go into a shaving machine to achieve the desired thickness to be used to print the newspaper.
In the machine room, the stereotype plates would be placed onto high speed rotary presses ready for printing the page onto paper.