Linotype Master Drawings collectionPOLITE
A rare piece of British industrial history.
From the late 19th century to the mid-1970s most books, newspapers, magazines and literature used the Linotype machine to set type. Every one of these machines used a set of master drawings to create the fonts. There are two surviving collections of these master drawings.
The best sets have been archive-boxed and are now available to own. Each set contains the upper and lower case alphabet, numbers, symbols and ligatures. The sets are unique and variable original items dating anywhere from the 1890s to, usually, the 1940s.
The incomplete sets of these drawings are available individually – but a number of complete sets exist. In an effort to ensure the remaining sets stay intact, they are now available only as boxed sets. Each font has a different quantity of drawings, but all contain around 80-100 drawings. Each drawing is around 32 x 32 cm in size.
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