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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Type Tuesday - Francis Hart and Co.

Samples of "black letters" from the printing office of Francis Hart and Co. from 1878.

Initial letters


Jaime Henderson, 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Type Tuesday - The Linotype Bulletin

The Mergenthaler Linotype Company was an early printing industry giant in the United States primarily due to its development and manufacturing of the first modern, functional linotype machine. Its publication, The Linotype Bulletin, was "devoted to the linotype and its users," offering articles on lay-out and design, samples of linotype work and announcements of newly acquired types by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. The May-June issue from 1921 offered its customers a peek into the precision and care with which their individual matrices were selected. The "stock operative" seen below made selecitons from Merganthaler's 41,500 types and ensured precision with her micrometer gauges, guaranteeing customers the most accurate of print display. 

From the advertisement above:

Prompt supply for the 41,500 Linotypes in use in all parts of the world is assured by maintaining a stock of many millions of matrices ready to ship. The system of filling our daily orders from this stock is such that orders for a single matrix or for many thousands are met with equal precision. The stock operative shown in the illustration is comparing each individual matrix with the order, and she has at hand micrometer gauges and other means for final accurate examination. 

From the adverstisement above: 

The matrix factory has a capacity of over 225,000 matrices a day, but nevertheless the governing principle is not quantity production. The whole system is devised to assure individual attention to the individual matrix. Inspections and tests accompany each matrix through the successive stages of its manufacture, and it is again inspected and examined when it is taken from stock to fill orders. 

The Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing at the California Historical Society holds a wide range of periodicals related to printing, publishing and graphic design, including many issues of The Linotype Bulletin from 1908 to 1930. 

Jaime Henderson

Friday, November 15, 2013

Saddle Up!

Selections on saddlery from the CHS collections!

Advertisements for Eureka Harness Oil and Mica Axle Grease from Standard Oil Company

Main & Winchester, Illustrated Catalog No. 8, from our Commerical Catalogs collection

Beautiful color pages from the 1889 catalog of Main & Winchester, manufacturers and importers of saddlery hardware.

Jaime Henderson,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Type Tuesday - The Castle Press

Grant Dahlstrom's The Castle Press brings you initials from the Oxford University Fell Type Collection. 

Jaime Henderson

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A roasted ostrich feast for all

Bon Appétit magazine recommends trying a spicy chili rub on the Thanksgiving turkey to liven up the traditional feast in 2013, but that still pales in comparison to the boldness of a roasted ostrich feast. Even the most gloriously plump free range turkey looks quaint next to these comic photos of a massive bird turned meal. 

Though the exact date of this dining spectacle is unknown, all photographs were taken at 
Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, California.



All photographs from the California Historical Society Collection
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Type Tuesday - Mackenzie and Harris, Inc.

Mackenzie and Harris, Inc. were certainly proud when they announced themselves as the type headquarters for the Pacific Coast in 1930!

Originally established by George W. Mackenzie in 1915 and known as the Monotype Composition Company, it was the first to offer Monotype in San Francisco. In 1924 Mackenzie partnered with Carroll Harris, an avid collector of type, to form Mackenzie and Harris, Inc. The company supplied type to highly regarded San Francisco printers such as  John Henry Nash, Lawton Kennedy, Robert and Edwin Grabhorn and Taylor and Taylor and became the sole agents to its Pacific Coast customers of Continental types and Bauer types. This brightly colored announcment lists only some of the type fonts offered by the company and illustrates Mackenzie and Harris struttin' their stuff as the big shots of type on the Pacific Coast. 

Along with this announcement we include a handy guide to the Nomenclature of Type, brought to you by none other than Mackenzie and Harris, Inc. 

Jaime Henderson,