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Hi I recently bought some type and miscellaneous items. I thought these were leading but they seem to be too tall and are really thin. Does anyone know what they are and used for? Also on another topic, the type and drawers are pretty dirty do you guys just use cal ash on the type to get the grime off and what would you use on the drawers to clean them up that would ruin the wood/stain?


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Probably rule, or Linotype high spacing to support overhanging casting work. If Linotype (or Intertype) the items would have small ribs cast into them on one side, as I can see one does. They can also be border rule cast on a Linotype—the key is that none of them will be longer than 5” (30 picas).

There are those who would say no to use of water on type.
I have used a water solution with TSP for cleaning type since 1947. Use the real granular tri sodium phosphate from the hardware store. Put in plastic tub and put type in to soak. Rinse well and dry after a long soak.
For the cases I use deck/fence cleaner and a toothbrush. Flush well with water and set case in sun to dry. The laminated wood in the case bottom does not like water, but a scrub and rinse and quick dry doesn’t do any measurable harm.

The ones with the ribs are definitely borders that i noticed and the assumed rules are much longer than 5 inches… What are the rules used for …. They seem so thin that they could cut into the rollers ha.

I did notice that the laminate on one drawer was cracked and peeling… Is there an easy way to restore it/replace it?

The ones with the *ribs* as implied *Linotye Slugs* probably with border or type face on top, Linotype slugs usaually 36 ems long, how look yours? Linotype could and still does Step and Repeat Many, Many, years Before *Step and Repeat* was ever invented, what is on the face, to print, with your Slugs???
The longer strips probably either Supercaster or Elrod *type* strip material, Ex Super, Elrod, or similar could be programed to cut precisely to any given length, (day in day out)!! close look will probably show the cast marks (fusion points) @ 4ems, 5ems 6ems, the Elrod & The Supercaster could /can produce strip material, Leads or Rules continuosly in programmed lengths Generally in increments of 2/3/4/6/12 and 18point with virtually any combination with rules, up to full face, (with the correct matrice) i.e. 1 point face on 2 point body etc etc and so on up.

If it were to be for example, an invoice book/pad where the cross rules or 6 dot leaders had been set on the Monotype, the down rules would be as thin as 1 point, Sliced in with a modified *Space Band* from the LINOTYPE???? Sorry Dick, it would have come out eventually.!!!
If there was no space problem, within reason, Strip Rule was cast with virtually any face, to print, on any larger size body, i.e. 6 point face on 12 point body excellent for making mitred boxes around certificates etc, (precision power mitre or even hand mitre, with practice.)!!

Yes, as stand alone or isolated rules used so, they would have cut the rollers, eventually,!! so the Minders (Machine Managers, laterly) would have adjusted the make ready to compensate.

Perhaps call up MY entry re ROUSE *Power Mitrerer* 23rd. Dec 2012.???
DODGY spelling, *YES* guilty as charged, Your Honour.

If you don’t want to strong of chemical to clean cases I use Dawn dishwashing detergent and bleach in really hot water. The laminate will delaminate if you soak it in water, try a stiff brush and keep it only as wet as you need. The sun makes a great dryer for wet cases.