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Movable type on a composing stick on a type drawer.

A hellbox is a receptacle where cast metal sorts are thrown after printing.[1] The job of sorting the type from the hellbox and putting it back into the job case was given to the apprentice, known as a printer's devil. Later, when continuous casting or hot-metal typesetting machines such as the Linotype machine and Monotype became popular, the hellbox was used for storing discarded or broken type that were melted down and recast.


  1. ^ "Hellbox" Dialogue Talk.
  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000. Houghton Mifflin Company. [1]
  • Fleischman, J (1977). "A Linotypist's Notes: Being an Account of a Brief Apprenticeship in an Obsolete Trade". [2]