Many thanks to the Rutgers University Libraries, John Depol Collection for permission to use this picture.

July 3, 1886

Ottmar Mergenthaler and Whitelaw Reid
At the Invention of Linotype

On July 3, 1886, seated at the keyboard of his new machine, Ottmar Mergenthaler handed to Whitelaw Reid a slug of metal. Reid exclaimed, "It's a line-of-type!" Thus was christened the forerunner of today's modern linecasting machine: the Linotype.

Illustration produced for the 75th Anniversary, April 1961.

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