…was printed here. This is Konelatomo Välikangas. The one and only existing hotmetal compositor in Helsinki. The Intertype compositor standing in the left side of the pic casts whole lines of text at once. The compositor composes the desired line of text by manually typing on the keyboard. That causes the matrix characters slide into place for casting. Spacing is done by adding metal (led) bits between individual matrices.When the whole set of matrices are in place, the hot liquid led is poured on top of the matrices. The result is a solid junk of metal, a mirror line of text. The line is then attached on its proper place together with the other lines of text. Then the printer inks the lines of text carefully and places the paper on top of them. The the printer rolls the cylinder of the press over the whole thing. When the print job is done all the lines are trown in the oven for melting and recasting.
The hot metal impression has absolutely wonderful three dimensional texture. This can’t be achieved in the modern offset printing. We highly recommend visiting Välikangas in Sörnäinen.