Ludlow Matrix Guide

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I finally went back to see Peter, the guy I got my Ludlow from to have a chat without having to lift anything. Over a cup of tea, he very kindly gave me his Ludlow Matrix Identification Guide, which allowed me to finally confirm what mats I had in the 400kg+ stack of boxes. He also gave me some beautiful old specimen books and instruction manuals, which I’ll document some other time.

This was something that I didn’t even know existed until I went to see Andy Taylor down in Brighton at The Elrod Press at the start of the month. There will be a write-up of that particular visit here soon, but it involved a great day hanging out at the Press with Andy and a crash-course in hotmetal typesetting on the Ludlow and the Monotype, and a visit to the pub. Watch this space for some images/videos as soon as I get them off of my phone.

Anyway I digress. This Matrix ID guide is amazing, thank goodness. On the back of all Ludlow Matrices are horizontal lines, which correspond to this guide to tell you what typeface you have in your hand. There is also another line to tell you what size the fount is too.

From this image, you can see that the bottom line shows 48, which is the point size of the matrix. The top 2 lines show 5 & 11, which according to my old Numerical list is the typeface ‘No. 11’. A beautiful Ludlow version of Goudy Oldstyle (I think).

Last night with a bit of help from ‘Scrap Man Dad’, I spent a few hours going through all of the bags of matrices that were salvaged with the Ludlow and came to the realisation that I have a nice range of faces – very happy! The only one that I would like to add to this would be Ludlow Karnak – a lovely Egyptian face that I played with at The Elrod Press – but I’m not going to get greedy. They were found packed into bags for transportation to the scrapyard before I intercepted them so every one had to be Identified. There are about 100 bags in total, so I’ve got myself a lot of dissing to do. Below is the list of what I have found so far and the next step is to clean the cabinets up and get the caster running. Updates to follow.

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10pt Bodoni Black
12pt Bodoni Black
14pt Bodoni Black
18pt Bodoni Black
24pt Bodoni Black
30pt Bodoni Black
48pt Bodoni Bold Condensed
14pt Bodoni Modern
18pt Bodoni Modern
14pt Cameo Italic
18pt Cameo Italic
24pt Cameo Italic
30pt Cameo Italic
10pt Caslon Bold
12pt Caslon Bold
14 pt Caslon Bold
24pt Caslon Bold Italic
60pt Century Bold
36pt Century Bold Extended
42pt Century Bold Italic
18pt Cheltenham Bold Condensed
24pt Cheltenham Bold Condensed
30pt Cheltenham Bold Condensed
12pt Cheltenham Bold Extended
18pt Cheltenham Bold Extended
24pt Cheltenham Bold Extended
18pt Cheltenham Bold Outline
12pt Cheltenham Light
14pt Cheltenham Light Wide
24pt Cheltenham Outline Bold
14pt Coronet Bold
18pt Coronet Bold
24pt Coronet Bold
30pt Extra Condensed Gothic
36pt Extra Condensed Gothic
42pt Extra Condensed Gothic
30pt Garamond Italic
14pt Medium Condensed Gothic
18pt Medium Condensed Gothic
24pt Medium Condensed Gothic
30pt Medium Condensed Gothic
42 pt Medium Condensed Gothic
42pt No 11
48pt No 11
48pt No. 11
18pt No.1 Lining Plate Gothic Bold
12pt No.1 Lining Plate Gothic Condensed
6pt No.1 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.1 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
18pt No.1 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.1 Ludlow Victorian Gothic Italic
6pt No.2 Lining Plate Gothic
12pt No.2 Lining Plate Gothic Condensed
6pt No.2 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.2 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.3 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.4 Lining Plate Gothic Bold
6pt No.4 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
12pt No.4 Lining Plate Gothic Heavy
Various Oddments
14pt Radiant Bold
18pt Radiant Bold
30pt Radiant Extra Condensed
24pt Radiant Heavy
14pt Tempo Bold
18pt Tempo Bold
24pt Tempo Bold
30pt Tempo Bold
36pt Tempo Bold
42pt Tempo Bold
48pt Tempo Bold
24pt Tempo Bold Condensed
30pt Tempo Bold Condensed
36pt Tempo Bold Condensed
24pt Tempo Bold Condensed Italic
36pt Tempo Bold Condensed Italic
24pt Tempo Bold Extended
36pt Tempo Heavy Bold Condensed LC
8pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
10pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
12pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
14pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
18pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
24pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
36pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
48pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
72pt Tempo Heavy Condensed
18pt Tempo Light
24pt Tempo Light
30pt Tempo Light
Various Xmas Borders etc.
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