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Here are more images showing composition sticks, type cast slugs, matrices, and press views showing the workings of the R.Hoe & Co. handpress, rods and springs, toggle, bar and platen. The three composings ticks are a standard hand setting stick, a straight Ludlow roman stick and a centering stick. Views of the centering stick with matrices show casting side and top of Eusebius open 36 point brass mats. More to come.

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The Press at Deerbrook

This a turn of the century R. Hoe cast iron press approx. 22 by 29 platen with a rack and pinion instead of a rounce , and the platen has been thickened for rigidity making it quite strong and reliable. The Cincinnati pres I worked on, in the attachment, an earlier model had a thin platen with large fin braces could still print a large folio the size of a sheet of Roma handmade laid.
Also attached are some cases of hand type from the bank, galleys, and a form.
The sideways galley has Ludlow lines in it. I'll correct it at some point.
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Ludlow composing sticks

Here are some sticks showing matrices in line and a specimen sheet, not sure if it will appear large enough, but will scan anew if need be.
The fun in the Ludlow is the setting or composing is much like setting cast type or foundry type by hand in a composing stick. one gets to adjust word space and some letter space and ligature mats are available as well as some swash.

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Working Ludlow

Although looked down upon as not being for book work there are several faces designed for the Ludlow that are quite usable for books.
Until I can make a scan of them I'll name them: Eusebius, Goudy, Garamond, and Stellar. There may be a few others but these are ones that I chose based on their typographic merits. Stellar is a sans serif type that is quite nice for its weight and balance.

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