“Accurate as Berthold Brass”
In 1858 Hermann Berthold (1831-1904) founded the “Institut für Galvanotypie” (Institution for Galvanotype) for the manufacture of brass lines and galvanoplastic work for letterpress printing. He was not only an entrepreneur, but also an inventor. Thus, by using brass instead of the hitherto used lead or zinc, he achieved a more accurate line thickness with, at the same time, greater durability. Other inventions are the angled hook with wedge lever lock (1864) and, in 1879, a typometer which became the standard measuring system in the German type foundry industry.