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Gerald Lange wrote:

> First, optical ranging was not a consistent practice in the production of
> metal type since the invention of the Pantograph Engraving machine in the late
> nineteenth century. The three major systems for generating metal type in the
> twentieth century—foundry type, Linotype, Monotype—did NOT keep to the optical
> ranging practices of the hand punchcutter (who had to redesign optically per
> size as a matter of course). Monotype, in fact, limited its general practice
> to only four size patterns that would be applied in steps from 6-pt through
> 72-pt.

However, some Monotype metal typefaces did use more than four master
patterns for the range of matrices - e.g. Monotype Caslon.

Sincerely,
Mats Broberg
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