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Mechanics Type Foundry

Chicago-based foundry, also called Creswell, Wanner&Co., and Wanner, Weber&Co. It was short-lived (1872-1883). The great Chicago fire of 1871 had wiped out nearly all printing businesses in Chicago. In 1872, Alexander Barnett (b. Ireland, 1820-d. Chicago, 1896), John Creswell, Nathan Lyman and A.F. Wanner started the Mechanics Type Foundry. Only Barnett was a well-known type founder and caster, having worked previously at A.D. Farmer and the Marder, Luse&Co (which was destroyed in the fire). In 1883, the company split into Union Type Foundry (led by Creswell and Wanner) and Barnett, Griffith&Co (led by Alexander Barnett and his son, William A.). The latter business, which used the type designs of the Boston Type Foundry, closed soon afterwards.

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