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Started by Dave Hughes, August 15, 2008, 09:12:14 AM
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QuoteI noticed your article about the Linotype Europa. There are three of these late model machines in the Haus für Industrie/Kultur in Darmstadt, Germany. A group of printer/typecasters did a tour of German printing museums in 1997, and I wrote an article about it. Here is what I wrote about these Linotypes:The modern German Linotypes were entirely independent of the American designs. The Elektron was the ultimate American machine. The museum had three of the ultimate German machines, but I do not know if there was a name for them. I call them "SuperElektrons." One of the SuperElektrons was a high-speed straight matter machine running from tape, and it was FAST! Another SuperElektron was capable of 4-magazine mixing, sort of a Model 9 Elektron. The third SuperElektron was truly amazing. It had a six-mold disk, but it was a large disk and looked like it could handle 30-pica lines. It also had six split magazines! It was a head-letter machine, but the magazines were 90-channel (or the German equivalent). Thus the magazines were extraordinarily wide. Furthermore, it was a four-magazine mixer machine. The operator could mix from the top four magazines, the middle four magazines, or the bottom four magazines. And the operator had a mold set up to match every magazine.After the article was published, someone from England wrote to say that the German machines were in no way related to the American Elektrons. He gave the name of the machines, but I can't locate that item at the moment. But I believe the first two machines I described would be the Europa model, and the third machine described would be the Continenta. They demonstrated the machines, and I have a slug cast on the Continenta. I have photos, but it would probably take me a month to find them. But if I do run across them, I'll scan them for you.I have seen at least one Europa-class Linotype for sale on Ebay in the last year or so.Sincerely,Gregory WaltersPiqua, Ohio USA