The History of Acme Typestting

3 Generations

Acme Typesetting and Make Up Service was established in 1957 on Wethersfield Ave in Hartford by my Grandfather John Elton Lewis know by his friends and customers as "Elt". He started the business as a trade source for hot metal type. Jobs were set, spaced and proofread and ready for the customer to print on their own letterpress. Having come from a background of installing and erecting Intertype machines for newspapers and other large print shops throughout New England it only seemed fitting to start his own typesetting business. In 1959 my Father Jeffrey F Lewis came to work for Acme Typesetting full time and served his apprenticeship for 7 years learning the trade of type composition and makeup, working right alongside my Grandfather for nearly 20 years.


In 1978 my Grandfather retired and my Father took over the dying hot metal business. Knowing that the days of setting hot metal type were fleeting fast he need to do something soon or give up the business his Father started and face having to go work for someone else. A good customer of his mentioned that he should get into the letterpress end of the business because most printers he set type for were getting rid of their letterpress equipment for the new computer set type and offset printing presses knowing that there would still be a need for letterpress type work to be done and that most small shops didn't have room for the NEW equipment and the OLD. In 1993 my Father made his last of 3 moves into his own building and turned it into the letterpress business that it is today. Starting out with only one 10x15 Heidelberg Windmill press. We now have 6 including the original 1st one he started it with and most everything else you see on our equipment list!
In 2007 my Father retired and I took over the business to bring it into it's 3rd generation. And like my Grandfather and Father, I also face new changes in the industry . It is nice to know that I can still call on my Father if I am in a jam, whether it be a machine repair, or an extra man to help with the work load. For all this and giving me a career that I am proud of, I can't thank him enough.
David J. Lewis