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Frank Sets a Line o’ Type

Published on March 20, 2020

Frank takes us on a short tour of the venerable Mergenthaler Linotype machine, which Thomas Edison called “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” It revolutionized typesetting in the early 20th century and was only supplanted by the advent of phototypesetting. The Museum of Printing has a Linotype Legacy Program to help preserve this device, as well as provide training and education programs on its operation and maintenance.

Find out more about the Linotype Legacy Program and make a donation at https://museumofprinting.org/news-and-events/help-save-the-linotype/.

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By Jan De Roeck on Mar 20, 2020

Thanks for this trip down memory lane. My father had a print shop at home and we had one of these wonderful machines basically in our garage. I was a lot younger then (showing my age now I guess), but what I remember most from those days was the mesmerizing sounds it was making when typesetting. I had hoped to see (and especially hear) a Linotype in operation in this video. I'll probably have to be patient a little longer, but rest assured I'll be one of the first to bookmark your video when you're commenting over an operational Linotype typesetter. Thanks for taking care of this truly wonderful machine in the museum.

best regards,
Jan De Roeck

 

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