|Harley's dog Champ looking for Harley while
Harley was stationed in Korea.
|Evelyn Bell (Harley's mom) with Champ outside the
14th street shop after having new siding installed
circa late 50s
|The Bell Type and Rule Company has been
family owned and operated since 1932. The
monotype on the left is still in operation today
making hand set, type fonts daily.
The company's found a home in Long Beach,
CA in the basement of a building where the
Bell's rented an apartment. During that time
the only means of picking up metal was to use
the family car. 'We would use wood planks and
by hand run the barrel up the planks and tie it
to the trunk of the 36 Desoto Coup. Then tie it
again to the bumper. And you guessed it down
went the back of the car. Imagine the weight of
a trash can mostly filled with old type weighs in
around 1200 pounds.
|On 14th street in Los Angeles the Bells, lived above the shop. Above photo is
Harley standing in front of the shop on 14th street.
|The type foundry in the basement
|Snow falls in 1956 at 14th street
|Carl Bell in 1947 in 29 Palms
|69th street in Los Angeles was the next stop for
Bell Type & Rule Company. Below is an original of
Carl Bell's business card
note there was only six numbers in the phone number
Bell Type & Rule Co.
Printers Metal Type
1932 - 2020
|Type Leads and Slugs Spaces Ludlow Typesetting Monotype Composition for:
Letterpress Letterpress Printing Letterpress Invitations
Foil Stamping Book Binding Imprinting Hot foil stamping Imprinting Scrap Books
Imprinted Ribbon Letterpress Cards Leather Embossing
Here's Harley in Korea
|BELL TYPE & RULE COMPANY
Hot Foil Stamping Type Machines Supplies
Letterpress Printers Type Letterpress Printing
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|Carl Bell, Founder, Bell Type and Rule Company
resting and doing his favorite thing
enjoying a nice HOT Summer Day
in the sun
The First Print Shop
1920 - 2020
|Old 11th Street Shop