Monotype Super Caster
Mono­type Super Caster

Where the com­po­si­tion cast­er was designed for con­tin­u­ous texts, this machine was designed for those essen­tial but one-off bits of work.  While the machine could not be dri­ven by punched tape, the range of prod­ucts went well beyond the com­po­si­tion cast­er and included –

  • Type, spaces, bor­ders and orna­ments from 4½pt to 72pt
  • Leads and rules of between 1pt and 18pt
  • Strip bor­ders at 6, 8, 10, 12 and 18pt
  • Clumps and dash­es of 9 to 16picas
  • Fur­ni­ture in 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72point
  • Quo­ta­tions in these sizes (picas): 6 x 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2; 5 x 5, 4, 3 and 2; 4 x 4, 3 and 2


Work­ing Area7′ x 7′
Elec­tric­i­ty consumption2.25 units/hour
Speeds4½ — 144 rpm (depend­ing on type size)
Dri­ving pulley14″
Motor¾  horse­pow­er
Elec­tric HeatingFun­di­tor or Rototherm
Pot capac­i­ty85 lbs


While this is a Jack of all trades machine, there were still a small num­ber of attachments –

  • Air Blow­er: to cool the matri­ces used
  • Fur­ni­ture Trim­mer: to remove any imper­fec­tions from the fur­ni­ture mould
  • Thin space cut­ter: this bench-top device was to cut thin spaces from strip material