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Hot Metal Photos - Section One

A collection of photographs sent in by users of this site. The photos are arranged into several sections, use the menu on the left to browse the sections.

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EARLY MACHINES - Terry Foster sent in these superb line drawings and descriptions of early typesetting machines. From the earliest machines to the Model 6 Linotype.

LATER MACHINES - From a pamphlet published in 1930 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company illustrations and descriptions of Linotype Models 8 to 26.

INTERTYPE MODELS - Illustrations and descriptions from a book published by the Intertype Corporation in 1943. Models A, B and C from a brochure entitled "Standardized and Interchangeable Intertypes" possibly published in 1917 and kindly donated by Jim Daggs of Ackley Publishing Co., Ackley, Iowa, USA.

MYSTERY PHOTOS - Dr Leland Whitson purchased these pictures on Ebay and kindly donated them to the site. The seller had no idea of when or where they were taken, maybe you can help?

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (UK) - George Clark, who has also written two stories for Metal Type, sent in these photographs of the last days of hot metal.

SHOE LANE TO INDIA - Photos by Malcolm Gregory of Linotypes leaving London's Fleet Street for the journey to India in the late 1980s.

COSCO PRINTING - Photos taken in 1988 during the last days of hot type at the North Carolina (US) company. Sent in by Bob Scurry.

HARRY CRAIG - from New Zealand who owns and maintains three Linotype machines. Pictures sent in by his colleague, Tim Ede.

YORKSHIRE EVENING PRESS - Pictures taken in the late 1970s, including a rare glimpse of the owner of this site. Also some pictures from the mid-80s taken by Ian Cottom.

HEMPHILL COUNTY NEWS - Picture taken in the 1930s or 40s.

INTERTYPE MANUAL - Pictures from an old Intertype instruction manual sent in by Graeme How.

LONDON EVENING NEWS - All smiles round the stone as the London Evening News bites the dust in 1980. Picture sent in by Dick McWilliams.

AIREDALE PRODUCTS, HALIFAX - Half a dozen Intertype C4s in daily use in the year 2002!

QUEENSLAND NEWSPAPERS, BRISBANE - Pictures of the last day of hot metal production, sent in by Alan Jones.

WAIROA STAR, NEW ZEALAND - Pictures sent in by Graeme How, taken in the late 60s and early 70s.

MEN AND MACHINES - Pictures taken at the giant Manchester Withey Grove newspaper plant before it closed down in the 1980s. Sent in by Eric Saltmarsh.

PRINTING HOUSE MUSEUM - Photos taken at The Printing House Museum in Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK. The place is well worth a visit.


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