M & H Type Foundry
M & H Type Foundry

An Unbroken Tradition
of Hot Metal Casting and Stylish Typography
With Century-Old Machines from
the Panama-Pacific International Expositon

M & H Type

Mackenzie & Harris

The nation’s largest and oldest typefoundry, M&H Type had its origins as an exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition on San Francisco’s waterfront. When the fair closed, printer and Monotype operator George Mackenzie used his demonstration machines to establish what became Mackenzie & Harris. Known for high quality workmanship and its vast inventory of typefaces, it introduced Bruce Roger’s Centaur and Frederick Ward’s Arrighi to the United States and worked closely with type designer Frederic Goudy. As late as the 1970s, M&H was used not only for fine printed books but groundbreaking publications such as Rolling Stone and Mother Jones. Now run by the non-profit Grabhorn Institute, it conducts apprenticeships and public programs alongside type setting, design, and type production.


Kick-Off Party
February 28, 2015, noon to 5 p.m.: 100th Birthday Bash with tours and demos in the foundry

Open Houses
Four Saturday tours and demos with Print-Your-Own Keepsakes

Films & Presentations

Join us at 6 p.m. in the Arion Press gallery

Commemorative Broadside
Special 100th year letterpress printed broadside

Sneak Preview

Documentary film by James Kennard of InCA Productions on the M&H Type hot metal operation and Arion Press books


Read more about the history of Mackenzie & Harris Type Foundry

View a panoramic photograph of the foundry

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Listen to Kitchen Sisters’ NPR recording in the foundry

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Public Tours
Read more about tours of the working foundry.

Lewis Mitchell at the caster

"The City Exposed: Typecaster for life" from San Francisco Chronicle. View now.