Any and all Multigraph information welcome!

Hi all,
First time caller, long time listener here. I bought a well kept multigraph a few days ago that has all pieces! Score! Only after figuring out how it worked and setting some type did I figure out what the heck this kind of press was. I am looking for maybe help on identifying which model I have. I am leaning towards Model 60(?), as there are no stickers or indication anywhere on the press other than the serial number underneath that reads 79474. I am curious what my limitations are with this press. It came with about 15 drawers of different styles of 12 pt- 6pt font types.
Some questions are:
Am I able to print any larger than 12 pt?
-If so what is my maximum size?
What is the correct terminology for this grooved “T-shaped” type?
Can I somehow magically rig this press to print linocuts too?
Can I have modern polymer plates made for this press?
Does anyone have any multigraph type for sale?
any contacts or leads?

I am already in contact with Rainer Gerstenberg about having new type made, but I’m fresh out of college and trying to save some money!

Located in Knoxville, TN if that’s necessary information to you.

Any tips and tricks are also appreciated!


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See if your local library can find the book: “Multigraph Business Office Training Course”. It includes information on the 100 model, as well as other models.

The Multigraph also printed from rubber plates. There were special clips to mount them.

Thats a great idea BillWhitley! I have requested it, we will wait and see.

Parallel_imp, would this be achieved through flexograph plates? Any leads on where to buy the clips?

Hello Tori, nice machine! I noticed that you’ve already been in touch with Rainer about the type for this machine. The name for it in German is ‘Kurz Typen’. I’ve been assisting in casting this kind of type in his workshop and he’s got large sizes as well. Their face is slightly curved. I owned a Swiss machine that used ‘Kurz Typen’ as well. It had a smooth cylinder on which one could adhere photopolymer plates. The ones with a flexible backing that is. Happy printing!

A long time ago, some of the clips came my way so I gave them to Multigraph enthusiast Dave Robison (aka ink in tubes guy). He has brought his Multigraph to the annual Bay Area Printer’s Fair for many years. The next is on April 18, 2020 in San Jose, California. For more info see
No doubt you could curve sheet metal, bend lips at head and tail, and fix it to the grooves of the cylinder, and as Thomas says, use flexible plastic-backed photopolymer plates on that support.

Hello all! Thank you so much for your valuable ideas and knowledge! I’ve been in contact with Dave Robinson who typed me a long email up who will basically now be my reference guide. I’m so thankful for your answers!

There were cuts specifically cast for these machines. I had a small box of them that I believe I bought on eBay many years ago.There is also (or was) a method by which you could trim Linotype slugs to work on them. I have forgotten the details but I am sure Dave knows.