March 2 is Hot Metal Day

We will be open on Saturday, March 2nd, for a fun Hot Metal Day, regardless of what the weather throws at us!

Join us for Linotype demos, Ludlow casting, letterpress printing, and Linotype: The Film (shown at noon and 2 pm).

Ludlow typecasting machine

The Museum’s Ludlow and Linotype are the stars of the show at our upcoming Hot Metal Day this Saturday, March 2nd, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Manufactured by the Ludlow Typograph Company from 1912 to the late 1980s, the Ludlow was a much simpler typecasting system than the glamorous Linotype.

Think of it as a keyboard-less machine able to cast lines of display type from handset brass matrices ranging in size from 4 to 96 point (even larger figures). In contrast, linecasters could only set up to 18 to 24 point in most cases. Because the Ludlow was primarily used for setting larger type, many newspapers and shops had both. In later years, the Ludlow was also used for rubber stamp production.

Watch these hot metal stars in action on Saturday! Cast your name, print with us in the Letterpress Studio, and watch Linotype: The Film. Don’t miss it!

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