The Linotype Line

The material on this page is taken from a brochure published in circa 1960 by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. The brochure showcased the company's latest machines and innovations, including the Linofilm System.

The whole document is available for download, in PDF format, from the Metal Type Library.

This page brings you the introductory material from the brochure.

Man polishing a Linotype machine

In hot metal or cold type, Mergenthaler offers the most efficient and economical means of obtaining fine typography. Since Ottmar Mergenthaler's historic invention of the Linotype in 1886, the Linotype Company has been the acknowledged leader in the development of the modern, high-speed linecasting machine.

Hot metal composition

Today, with its perfection of Linofilm – the only complete and integrated photocomposition system – the Linotype Company leads the way into another exciting new era in printing history.

Throughout the years, Mergenthaler Linotype has met the demands of the most exacting printer. It has accomplished this by constantly seeking to improve its products. Through its research and development activities, Linotype has created the machines shown on the following pages, machines designed to fill every typographic need, both hot and cold.

Cold composition

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