26 August 2020
Don Black Linecasting Is Closing Down
Don Black beside a Ludlow hot metal typesetter
Don Black beside a Ludlow hot metal typesetter
The end of an era.  Don Black Linecasting Service is closing .  After almost 50 years in business Don Black now in his 80's has decided to close down. Probably the largest inventory of letterpress and hot metal type in the world. They  will be  officially closing on September 7 th but have until the end of December  to get rid of  all the inventory , when the lease runs out. 
Through their website sold hot metal equipment around the world
Through their website sold hot metal equipment around the world
In 1964 during a type setters strike Don set out on his own repairing  and servicing hot metal equipment. He got his big break when he bought up all the letterpress equipment of Canadian Linotype when they got out of the hot type business. He  has bought up a lot of shops,  hot metal equipment as they moved over to offset. There was always enough business in reselling hot metal equipment,  some where around the world. At one point he employed a staff of 6. In the last 5 years more of his business has come from the arts community.  What ever is not sold off by the end of December will end up as scrap metal.  
2. Ron Evans says:
9 September 2020 at 4:47 PM
Part of Print History gone ! Met Don Black back in the 80's at Norther Miner Press (Norgraphics) Don Black Linecasting will be missed ! !
1. Jason says:
3 September 2020 at 7:37 AM
Very SAD. We will be losing a big part of history.
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