The Revolutionary Type

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The German-American inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler died on 28 Oct 1889. He isn’t exactly a household name, but he set off a revolution in printing when he developed the Linotype machine. It was the industry standard for type setting for about 80 years and was described by Thomas Edison as the eighth wonder of the world.

The one shown here is a 1948 Linotype. You can see it in action at Dardanup Heritage Park in Western Australia, or read our article about it in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of The Old Machinery Magazine.

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