Review of the excursion to Darmstadt

On Tuesday, 13.08.2019, our annual day excursion took place. Together with the Gutenberg Foundation and good weather we took the bus to Darmstadt. Our first stop was the branch office of the Hessian State Museum for type casting, typesetting and printing processes. Here we first visited Mr. Gerstenberg, the last type founder in the world, in his workshop. He showed us among other things the casting with his double casting machines and the milling of the mats to the required length. We continued in the same house. Because also the printing museum operated by honorary helpers wanted to show us their machines and crafts. A trained typesetter told us about manual typesetting with lead letters, the handling of the typesetting box and image printing using the raster method. We also saw the setting and casting machines Monotype and Linotype as well as a stop-cylinder-fast press in action and were explained to us by experienced helpers.

Hungry, we arrived at the restaurant Sitte, where a three-course menu was already waiting for us.

The third stop on our trip was the Mathildenhöhe. Here we got a guided walk around the beautiful artist colony, which was created by the work of numerous Art Nouveau artists. We were even allowed to have a look into the "Großes Haus Glückert" and to convince ourselves of Olbrich's interior design ideas. At the end of the tour we went to the Museum Künstlerkolonie, where we were not only allowed to see numerous works of art, furniture and objects of daily use of the Art Nouveau style, but also an exhibition on the connection of the Mathildenhöhe with Bauhaus is currently being presented.

An all around successful excursion with a great group - many thanks to all participants, hosts and organizers.

Our city groups

Since the beginning of 2019, the Gutenberg Society has wanted to expand its activities and involve its internationally distributed members more closely by founding locally active city groups. The cooperation of like-minded people needs points of contact, which we want to make available. Above all, personal encounters provide the opportunity to expand and deepen knowledge about the areas of interest through contacts. To this end, we have found some committed members who organise and carry out events on their own premises in the name of the Gutenberg Society. Ernst Reif made the start in Munich and launched the first events in April 2019. He was followed by Mario Derra in Gernsheim ( and Hans Josef Altmann in Velbert-Langenberg (

Further information about upcoming events can be found under News.

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