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Is this the first Linotype?

Started by Mechanic, February 27, 2014, 05:29:06 AM

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Mechanic

Is this the first machine to set a line of type? It is certainly not the blower machine.
Found this photo on:-

http://letterology.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/what-i-did-on-my-summer-vacation-10.html



QuoteThe very first Linotype machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1885. This machine was the first to produce Lines-o-type automatically by keyboard operation. It ushered in machine typesetting compostion and revolutionized book and newspaper production.

George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast
Queensland
AUSTRALIA


Dave Hughes

It looks like a band machine.

Very interesting article, they seem to have a huge collection at the Museum of Printing in North Andover.
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Dave Hughes

I particularly liked the picture of the Moon Landing stereo plate, good that someone had the foresight to keep it.




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John Nixon

Taking a close look at the imposed form it is interesting that the photo is a full blown old style zinc engraving, yet the main headline is one of the "new style" thin zincs that became a popular cheaper replacement for things that came from the process department.

Looking at the kerning on the main headline it was clearly either photo-set or a clever paste-up person has done some hand kerning.

Cheers

John

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