This page is being developed as a repository of technical information about the
Thompson
Type Casting Machine

Both original and published material are solicited for posting.


English Monotype Publication:
General Instructions for Operating and Maintaining a Standard 'Monotype' Thompson Typecaster  (1954 Edition)

This is a scan of the manual that English Monotype published for their version of the Thompson Type Caster, complete with plates.


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7.7 MB, 23 pgs
Instructions for Operating the Thompson Typecaster. (1925 Edition)

This is a manual and illustrated parts list for the Thompson published by the Thompson Type Machine Company in 1925, before its acquisition by the Lanston Monotype Machine Company.  While this is a relatively early document, many of the operating procedures it describes remain relevant for later machines.  The part numbers called out in it are Thompson company part numbers, not Monotype company part numbers.

The clickable link to the right will take you to a page at "The Internet Archive (www.archive.org) where you may view or download this document in a variety of formats.

Click here to go to the 1925 Thompson manual at The Internet Archive
Monotype-Thompson Adjustments. (1956 Edition)

This is an operating manual and illustrated parts list for the Thompson published by the Lanston Monotype Machine Company in 1956.  It describes the American version of the caster.

This scan of this document is complete, but has not yet been edited so as to be easily readable.  It consists of the "raw" page scans of a disassembled copy of the book.  The pages, consequently, do not read in their proper order.

The clickable link to the right will take you to a page at "The Internet Archive" (www.archive.org) where you may view or download this document in a variety of formats.

Click here to go to the 1956 Monotype-Thompson manual at The Internet Archive
Monotype-Thompson Type-Caster Parts Price List. (1942 Revision)

This is an un-illustrated parts list (with prices) for the Thompson published in 1941 (revised 1942) by the Lanston Monotype Machine Company.  A Parts Price List such as this is of interest to the operator and restorer of a machine because it identifies each part of the machine and indicates, when appropriate, the grouping of parts.  It also identifies all of the attachments and supplies available.

The clickable link to the right will take you to a page at "The Internet Archive" (www.archive.org) where you may view or download this document in a variety of formats.


Click here to go to the 1942 Monotype-Thompson Type-Caster Parts Price List at The Internet Archive
The Thompson Operators' Group.

"Thompson Operators" is a discussion group for technical matters relating to the Thompson and its use.  It has been set up using the Google Groups facilities.  It is a moderated group; the clickable link at the right will take you to the home page of the group, but to join the group your application must be approved by the group's moderator.

Click here to go to the home page of the "Thompson Operators" group on Google Groups.
A Thompson Curiosity
by Sky Shipley

This one-page download contains a photograph (and transcription) of the sticker on a Thompson Type Machine Company box of matrices with instructions for casting those mats in the font which exceed 50 points set width.

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Vertical Alignment Data

A table of vertical alignment standards for display matrices as compiled by Skyline Type Foundry.

Unless indicated otherwise, matrix font numbers are Lanston Monotype series numbers.  The prefix 'E' on a series number indicates that it is an English Monotype series.  The abbreviation 'NM' indicates a non-Monotype matrix font.

The alignment values are derived from the following sources, listed here in order of priority:

1. The line standard information marked on an original Monotype label on a box for the matrix font in question.
2. The most common physical line standard among all of the matrix fonts owned by Skyline Type Foundry of the face and size in question.
3. The line standard information marked on a non-Monotype label on a matrix font box.
4. The physical line standard found with the Skyline matrix font of this face and size, if there is only one font which has a line standard and no other information is available.
5. A line standard which Skyline has determined to be appropriate for the font in the course of casting it.

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