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.

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Listen to Kitchen Sisters’ NPR recording in the foundry

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Lewis Mitchell at the caster

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