Monotype Stopbars


This page lists some of the stopbars used by Monotype keyboards. The information has been drawn from various Monotype layout sheets, Keyboard Manuals and Layout Books possessed by The Alembic Press, with additional information provided by Rich Hopkins, Paul Hayden Duensing, John Cornelisse, Basle Paper Mill, Jan Keyser, Ecomusée Voltaire, Patrick Goossens, M & H Typefoundry, Andrew Dolinski, David MacMillan, George Miller. To save screen space, the stopbar information is split into two pages. This page shows unit values, and faces that use the stopbar (or wedge), and the second page showing unit arrangements, type series and name, with a few more stopbars than here, as some unit values as yet are not recorded. Clicking on the stopbar number will move between the two lists. There is also a separate list of keybars showing which stopbars and layouts are associated with which keybars.

The table below shows the following:
Stopbar Number
the identification number allocated by Monotype. Bars originated in U.S. differ from those originated in U.K., although the S5 stopbar is the same for both. Note that by the 1960s, stopbar numbering in the U.K. often dropped the initial S.
Wedge
Wedges originally had an alphanumeric identifying number, eg the Standard stopbar S5 equated with wedge A, but wedges eventually adopted the same identifying number as their equivalent stopbar. This column shows the old alphanumeric number.
Origin
Some UK wedges issued for the European market (i.e. on the Didot point system) had the letter E after the number, and a few European wedges are shown here as E.
Unit Values
A stopbar usually has 15 different stop bars, that correspond to the unit value of each of the fifteen rows in a matrix case, and the fifteen different positions of the wedge on the caster. These represent the 15 different widths available for characters in the particular fount of type. Some matrix case arrangements use 16 rows of unit values. Early versions (eg the HMN and KMN systems) required an actual 16th position on the wedge, and in the stopbar case. However, with the later unit shift system, any row can use the width of the row above it in the matrix case, and with unit shift, the 16th row is always the value of the 15th row, and a physical 16th position on wedge or stopbar is not needed.
Type Series
Shows the series number of some of the typefaces that use the stopbar (the type name is shown in the other table). Beware that UK and US faces and numbers are not the same. Also note that the standard S5 stopbar is used by a wide range of faces, for example the UK Antique Old Style, Baskerville, Bodoni, Clarendon, Goudy Catalogue, Gill, Grotesque, Imprint, Latin Antique, Modern, Old Style, Plantin, Scotch Roman, Times New Roman, etc.
The term stopbar refers to a case of (usually) 15 separate bars (or more correctly, Unit Rack Stop Bars). A picture and brief description of the use of a stopbar is on a separate page. Note that a stopbar is not necessarily unique to one typeface; a face may use several different stopbars, depending upon the layout required by the printer, and the size of the available matrix case. Equally, one stopbar may work with several different typefaces.

StopbarWedgeOriginBar corresponding to Layout RowType
Series
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 910111213141516
Unit Values
S2 US56789991010111213141518  
S5 US56789991010111213141518 1, 4, 5, 8, 11-16, 19-26, 28, 31, 34-39, 41, 42, 45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 71, 76-79, 81, 86, 88, 89, 92, 95-100, 102, 107, 111, 113, 115, 117-120, 128, 132, 134, 137, 139-143, 145, 146, 149, 150, 152, 153, 156-159, 161-165, 172-176, 186, 189, 199, 200, 204, 210, 211, 214, 216, 220, 221, 223, 224, 230, 231, 233, 239, 240, 249, 254-256, 258, 264, 275, 287, 298, 321, 323, 328, 337, 360, 366, 466
S5AUK56789991010111213141518 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 59, 60, 63, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 84, 85, 88, 89, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 117, 123, 124, 129, 130, 131, 135, 136, 137, 138, 148, 149, 150, 152, 153, 157, 158, 159, 160, 162, 167, 172, 189, 190, 194, 198, 199, 201, 203, 204, 211, 236, 242, 244, 253, 257, 260, 262, 265, 268, 275, 276, 287, 291, 310, 312, 313, 318, 323, 327, 328, 330, 334, 339, 343, 345, 356, 357, 360, 362, 364, 365, 368, 371, 374, 375, 383, 389, 390, 410, 416, 421, 427, 447, 450, 453, 471, 533, 544, 570, 573, 603, 627
S11-41 UK3/54/6667889910101211/131518  
S14 US668999101212131516171822  
S15 US56789991011121314151818  
S19\1 UK567899910101112131415118 
S22 US567899101111121314151618 420, 620
S27 US5678999910111213141518 401, 875, 537, 637
S29 US66899991011121314151618 8, 25
S34 US67899991012121314151618 8, 25
S41see S11 above
S45MUK567899101011121314141518 59, 88, 99, 101, 110, 113, etc
S46DUK6789910101111121314141518  
S47XUK456677789101215161718 115
S50QUK56789991011121314141518  
S56 US56789991010101112131518  
S77-S284 US567899101010111213141518 420, 186
S87KUK567899101011121314151620 128
S88NUK567899101011121213141518 15, 128
S92EUK567899101011121314151518 53, 54, 72, 73, 92, 130
S93GUK56789991011121314151518 101, 110, 194, 207
S94FUK56789991010111213141517 156, etc., 226
 S94 stopbar is convertable from S5 by swapping the end bar and the adjacent small spacer bar, thus changing 18 units to 17 units. It is usually issued as the one case S5/94.
S96LUK567899101011121314151618 128, 137, 151, 164, 270, 610, 756
S101JUK567899101011121314151720 128
S108 US567899101112131415171818 340-344 
S111OUK56788899991012121315 90, 91, 106
S119 US56788991010111213141518 353
S124 US66788991010111213141518 248
S127 US56789991010111114151620 268
S135 US678999101112131415161818 269
S140 US569710812913101411151415  
S142 US567899111013121314141517  
S146 US568697101112121314141517  
S148 US5678910101111121415151719 294
S150 US5567899910101113141518 394
S158 US5689910111113141515161820 548, 648
S162 UK?56788991010111213141517 169
S166 US55789991011121314141518 295
S176 US567899101011121314151618 405
S184 US556788999101112131418 315, 317
S186 US556899101010111213151718 329, 330, 331, 332
S197SUK567899101112131415171818 139-147
S200 US567999101111121213141516 215, 216
S202VUK6789910101112131314141620  
S205WUK568 9 10 12 13 141517  
S206YUK578999101213141414151616 154
S2071AUK67891010111113131414151516 53
S207B US558699101010111312151817 329, 330
S208B US5768109101211151417151917 294
S2091BUK679999101011121313141518  
S209B US679899111012141318141815 275
S2101CUK568799101111121213131314 24
S210B US569798101013121315141815 375
S216B US5686910111111131514151816 548
S2211OUK567899101011121314151719 156, 174
S222 UK569710812913101411151415  
S2231RUK567899111013121314141517 156
S2241QUK567899101011131415151618 151, 161
S225 UK567899101010111213141518 262
S226 UK58691010111315141516171721 99
S227 UK58691011101313141516171721 99
S231B US6589109101113131414151816 548
S232B US5697108111012151417151915 294
S2332AUK5678999911121314151618 165
S235B-S236B US586991191210151315141815 353
S241B US569710811912141316141715 420
S245B US56108109111013121418142015 420
S250 UK56978101013111412151517  169
S2612ZUK569710810912111614171518 170
S264 UK569798101215141918202220 119, 170
S266 UK56878981112141214121617 169
S266 US556799101010111213141518 190
S268 US4567889910101112141518  
S2753OUK56788991010111213141517 169
S2773QUK567899101011111213141518 227, 422 592, 682
S283 US55679991010111213141518 190, 290, 790
S284 US567899101010111213141518 420, 186, 204, 205
S2863YUK699999121212181818181818  
S290 US5678899910101112131418  
S294 US45678991010101112141518 604, 605
S2954AUK56891011121314151617192021 179
S296 UK67891011121314151617182021 180, 321
S296 US45678889991011121418 606
S297 US5678910111212121314141518 390
S298 US4567889910101112141518 606, 604
S299 US556789101011121213141518 190, 790, 290
S300 US4567889910101011121418 605
S3004GUK45678891010111214151617 170, 119
S301 US5567910101011111213141518 290
S302 US5678910111111121213141518 603
S303 US5567910101010111213141518 190
S314 US678999101111121213141518 79, 86
S315 US456899101010111213141518  
S316 US6789910111112121313141518 189, 190
S320 US445678899101011121418 606, 605 
S322 US445786999101012111418 605
S325 US456899101010111213141518 604
S3275-PUK567899101011121414151620 185
S329 UK566689999101112131518 210, 107
S330 E5678910101210141315141615  
S331 UK567899101112131415161718 321, 275
S334 UK567899101011111314151618 270, 126, 458
S334 US6789910111212121315171520  
S334 UK567899101011111314151618 270, 126
S336CZUK567899101111121314151617 122
S341 US456789101011111212141518 605, 603
S342B US5697118111013121416141815 620
S344 UK567999101111121213141516 215, 216, 126
S355 US456778899101011121314 300
S356 UK6899910121314151718181819 18, 78, 99, 158, 194
S367 UK56789991011111213141518 239, 461
S368 US5686879911101213131414 300
S369 US46587971111101112131414 300
S3715-VUK56788991011121314151618 206
S374 US56799991011111213141618  
S375 US556789999101011121415 603, 607
S377 UK56788991010111213141518 169
S377 E56788991010111213141518 203
S391 UK567899101112131415171820 139-147
S401 UK55689991010101011121313 192
S4098UUK56788991010111213141516 270
S418 US5678910111112121314151718  
S4227-JUK567899101011121313141519 249
S426 US45679991010111213141518 190
S431 US5689910111111121314151618 548
S433 UK5678899910111213141517  
S435 UK556789101112131415161821 255
S436 US4567899910111213141518  
S437 US5568899910101112131415 353, 604
S441 US55689991010111213141518  
S446 US4567888910111112121518 606, 610
S4497-ZUK5678910101011121314151618 271
S4508-AUK56789991010111213141520 268
S453 E5768911101210131415161518  
S459 US5678910111112121213141518 609
S467 UK5678899910111213141518  
S472 UK567889101011121314151618 294
S486 UK5768911101013121415151816 270
S490 UK4566788910101112131414 231
S500 US 57 99 10 111214 1518 8, 21, 71, 79, 86, 89, 164, 175, 275
S502 UK5678910111213141516171820 321, 275
S504 UK5678910111213141516171920 258
S507 US566667899101213141818  
S509 UK576981081110121413151618 206
S521 US567899101011111314151618 270
S526 UK56789991010101112131415181, 2, 3, 7, 12, 13, 16, 53, 101,194, 262
S52710EUK5687910101112131314141517 128
S531 UK5678999910101011131418 595
S535 UK999999999999999 82, 100, 105, 127, 235, 301, 302, 344
S53610LUK567899101011121314151718 156, 201
S537 US55556778991012141818  
S538 US4567888999910111215 608, 607
S539 UK5678910101010111213141518 269
S541 US667999101111121213141516 215, 216
S545 UK5678999101011111213141518 
S550 US56789991011111213141518  
S552 US45677899991012131518  
S555 UK56789991011121314141820 341
S556 UK56788991011111213141518 239
S559 US456788899101011121518  
S562 E56789991011121314151718  
S573 US555677899101012141518  
S573 UK66789991010111213141518 318, 349, 350
S57411QUK6789910101111121314151518 342, 277, 477
S575 US45689991010101113141518  
S583 UK5678899910101112131418 239, 386
S584 UK567899101010111112131415181, 2, 7, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 53, 87
S589 UK5678910101112131415161718 255
S590 UK5678899910111213141518 255, 556
S595 US5678910111212121314151718 206, 93
S595 UK567999101111121314151618 126, 216
S599 UK567999101111121213141516 126
S604 US5678910111212121314151818 206
S606 US566799101112121314151818 206
S607 UK5678999910111213141518  
S609 UK56666689991012131518 382, 110
S611 UK6679910111112121314151618 215, 216
S611 E5679910111112121314151618 126, 216
S612 US67891011111212121213141518 206, 93
S614 US55679991011111213141516 126, 215
S616 UK5679910111112121314151618 215, 216
S616 E6679910111112121314151618 215, 216
S618 UK5689910101011111213141518 371, 390, 391
S623 UK67891011121314151516171819 374
S623 US678999101011111213151818  
S624 UK568999101011111213141518 371, 390, 391
S636 UK567899101112121314151618 321, 275
S640 UK4578999910101112121315 685, 689, 693
S640 E6789910111112131314151518 342, 366
S650 US567889999101111121315 690
S659 UK5678999910101111121315 690, 694
S660 US566799101112121314181818 206
S663 UK567899101011111213141517 2, etc
S670 UK56678991011121314151718 439
S673 UK699999121818181818181818 217, 218
S674 UK5678899910101112131415182, 7, 53, 69, 101, 194, 313
S682 US56788991010101112131515 686, 694
S689 UK567899101112131415171718 139-147
S694 US45678991010101112131416 53-73, 63-83
S698 UK5555678910111212131516 518, 460
S707 UK5566788910111212131415 470
S718 US56789991010111213141518 125, 180
S721 US55691010101111111313141518 496
S724 UK56788991010111314151618 270
S728 E67899101011121314141515G18  
S745 UK56799991011111214141518  
S759 UK4445677899911111215 507
S775 E567889999101112131418  
S791 E65758991012111314151816  
S795 UK567888999101112131418 239
S808 UK567999101011111213141618 126
S828 E5468710811812913141715  
S830 UK56788991011111314151618 270
S845 UK56789910101112131415151618151, 161
S849 UK5768910101014111512161318 270
S867 E5687109101013111412151615  
S872 UK6689910101010111213141415 92
S875 UK4444655678899910 549
S876 E6679910101111111213141516  
S877 E5679910101111111213141516  
S896 E576788881191212121614  
S915 UK5678999910111213141818 341
S925 UK6910111212131314141516171819 580
S935 E568791091110121315141715  
S944 UK5677889910111213141518 556
S945 UK54868791110121413151715 270
S972 UK56789991010111112131418 274
S990 E556789999101011131418 274
S994 UK667999101011111213141618 126
S1004 UK567999101011111112131416 126
S1020 E56789999991010111314  
S1021 UK56791112141513151617191821 564
S1063 E56899991012121314151518 327
S1069 UK443333536657899 589
S1078 UK5789910101012131315141715 110
S1079 UK568799101312151817141815  
S1100 UK??10111112131313141415151618 599
S1118 UK567999101112121314151618 215, 216
S1134 UK66789991011111314151618 428
S1141 UK346678899101012111518 569
(S1141) UK466678899101012131518  
S1149 E56788991014111413151618  
S1151 UK5678999910111112131418 239, 461
S1159 UK568999101011111212131418 609
S1160 UK45677889991010111214 478
S1206 UK667999101112121314151618 215, 216
S1248 UK66799910101111121213141516126, 215, 216
S1249 UK56799910101111121213141516126, 215, 216
S1252 UK568999101012131414151518 327
S1261 E666789999101011131418 274
S1291 UK56789991011111213141618 126, 215, 216
S1306 UK67891011111212121213141518 215, 216
S1313 UK55679991011111213141516 126, 215
S1329 UK4578999910101112121315 685,689,693,696
S1329 US4578999910101112121315 685,689,693,696
S1331 UK457889999101112121315 685, 689
S1395 UK457899999101011121315 685, 689
S140614E 4567889999101011121315 
S1449 UK56778899910101212131518 
S1489 UK5678999910101111121315 690, 694
S1491 UK5678899810101011121315 686, 694
S1493 UK5678899910101011121315 686, 690, 694
S1518 UK45678991010101112131416 686, 692, 695, 697
S1528 UK56778899910101213141516 
S1529 UK567999101111131214151618 126
S1530 UK667999101111131214151618 126
S1544 E5768898912101311141615  
S1561 UK56789191010111213141518  
S1592 UK45789991011121318181818  
S1595 UK457891/2999101811131512  
S1599 UK5678899914101511121318 239, 461
S1605 UK4578999910101112151813 685,689,693,696
S1676 E5678999910111214151813  
S1699 UK5678899915101011121318 686, 690, 694
S1709 UK6578999910101213111518  
S1711 UK5678881199121310101518 686, 694
S1732 UK56789911121391410101518  
S1748  56789991010111213141815  
S1754  56789991211131010141518  
S1799 UK56788991112101013141815  
S1881 E56789991213101014151118  
S2006 E56788991010131116181415  
S2096 UK56789991011111316121814 617, 618
S2138 UK658997101111121313141815 227, 477
S2169 E567891091111131214151418  
S2312 UK567999101211131514161811 126, 215
S2313 UK667999101211131514161811 126, 215
S2352 UK5678999910111213141815 199
S2369 UK56789912910181113151714 156, 201
S2370 UK5678899159131014181112 239
S2425 UK55691010101111111313141518  
S2510 E568791091110131215141815G  
S2519  85677991010111718131415 156
S2538 UK65789991010111412151813 2, 12, 106
S2539 UK567810101112139914151618 128
S2581 UK56799991010111112131518 765
S2585 UK556999101010111212131518 765, 766
S2607 UK456178188149913111210  
S2622 UK6578109111212171213151814 93, 206
S2699 UK4568999101112131415181012764
S-T US999999999999999 70, 72, 74, 270

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Description of a Stopbar
List of Stopbars and Unit Arrangements
List of Keybars and Unit Arrangements
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This page was written by David Bolton and last updated 9 May 2016.