Images from Frank Romano’s library. While most conference attendees found some delicious rare type specimen books to study, I found myself with a cluster of fellow commercial printers excitedly looking through all 20 editions of the Pocket Pal. It was a very nerdy moment, with some of us taking “selfies” as we displayed older editions of the Pocket Pal. Yup. Had to be done. This little book lives along side Pantone swatch books in most press rooms, and has served print shops for generations. The 14th edition was shoved into my hands in the early nineties after a press operator become frustrated with my newbie questions. Press Operator: “Okay, we’re going to run this job sheet wise…” Me: “huh?” Anyhow, this book was (and still is) as ubiquitous as the ink knife in the print shop, and Mr. Frank Romano has been the man behind it for the last 30 years.
Other pics are of pages from The Linotype Bulletin, an 1886 edition of the New York Tribune from the time the Lintoype was first successfully used in that print office, a 6pt Linotype Matrix containing a complete uppercase alphabet, and a presentation by Frank Romano and Rich Hopkins during which they discussed their recent books: Romano’s “History of the Linotype Company” and Hopkins’ “Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype.”