A Message of hope for the masters of molten metal. by Patrick Goossens

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Theo Rehak, the founder of the Dale Guild type foundry retired from his important work around 2010. At the American Typefounders conference in Piqua Ohio in that year he gave his farewell speech, in which he announced that the foundry would continue. Since that period the foundry has been moved to Antwerp, waiting for better times. Never the less the hope expressed in this speech is still valid. Metal type is still very much alive, although present interest of the general 'letterpress' comunity seems to be in wood type. The speech was completely written down and corrected by the author. The text is set in a Morisian style using a scarce Monotype face, and is more or like a humouristic blink of the eye to the beholder. The author did add in his comments that the Publisher of the text should be aware of the 'armchair critics'. Never the less the format got his consent.

Artist Bio

Letter-kunde Press is the recent 'press'-name of Patrick Goossens from Antwerp in Belgium. It is the home town of the Plantin museum which has inspired him vere early on in the so called 'black art'. As a history student he wanted to publish historical texts back in the 1970's. Alas the printer got carried away in collecting a vast array of nineteenth century printing and type casting equipment. A couple of years ago he co-founded the 'Friends of the Plantin-Moretus' museum and started to print their annual New Years keepsake. Off course all set in metal type, partly by hand and Monotype machine setting from computer directly to the caster. Other tractates followed as the census of Columbian presses and the farewell speech of Theo Rehak, founder of the Dale Guild Typefoundry, of which the complete holdings are now located in Antwerp. The object of the press and type-foundry is to 'try' and make books in a historical traditional 'letterpress' way, amits the use of hand presses and modern presses is mixed together.