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Miller and Richard

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Miller and Richard was a type foundry based in Edinburgh that designed and manufactured metal type.

1809 The foundry was established by William Miller. He had been works manager of the foundry established by Alexander Wilson (Glasgow Letter Foundry?)

1825 Walter Richard, his son-in-law joined the company

1838 Name changed to Miller and Richard

It was based in Reikie's Court off Nicolson Street.

The firm's work entered a decline with the arrival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century of hot metal typesetting, by which type was not sold to printers but cast by machine new for each job, under the control of a keyboard. Some of its old style and modern typefaces were imitated by Monotype, one of the major hot metal companies.

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Awarded Bronze Medal for Machinery and Machine Tools.[1]

1914 One of the Associated Type Founders which participated in the 5th International Exhibition of the Printing and Allied Trades at the Agricultural Hall, Islington[2]

1952 Company closed

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/11/02 p387
  2. The Times, May 12, 1914