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Typecasting at the Plantin-Moretus Museum

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One of them many incredible places we visited during last week's whistlestop tour of Holland and Belgium was the extraordinary Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp. (Flickr it.) From the world's two oldest printing presses to the incredible array or original type punches and old books, it's a mother lode of treasures and treats.

We were guided through the museum in the morning by Guy Hutsebaut, who gave us a great talk about the materials and techniques involved in handcasting metal type. Here arer a few snippets of video: part one, part two, and part three.

Gerry and the gang
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