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Be a part of history. Frank is seeking some of the font masters and paraphernalia of the old phototypesetting era. He knows there are a few oldtimers who read WhatTheyThink while drooling in their oatmeal. Film, glass, and plastic fonts are requested.

By Frank Romano
Published: April 3, 2012


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Frank Romano has spent over 50 years in the printing and publishing industries. Many know him best as the editor of the International Paper Pocket Pal or from the hundreds of articles he has written for publications from North America and Europe to the Middle East to Asia and Australia. Romano lectures extensively, having addressed virtually every club, association, group, and professional organization at one time or another. He is one of the industry's foremost keynote speakers. He continues to teach courses at RIT and other universities and works with students on unique research projects.

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By Gerhard Maertterer on Apr 03, 2012

Dear Frank,

Before I mastered phototypesetting on a Diatype, I learnt heat typesetting on a Linotype and lead typesetting by hand. That was in the early seventies of the past millenium.

Today my company is offering old fashioned typesetting by cloud. Indeed, Gutenberg on a SaaS-basis (not Zuckerberg)! Just try it:

Best regards from blossoming springtime in Germany.

Gerhard Maertterer


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