ATG Quirkies: Linotype: The 8th Wonder of the World

by | Jan 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Anyone interested in the history of printing will find this post from the Paris Review fascinating.  Author Dan Piepenbring starts by referencing another post at Print Magazine that discusses Frank Romano’s book, History of the Linotype Company.   Romano chronicles the rise and decline of the Linotype, a “glorious contraption that was not so very long ago the industry standard for printing newspapers, magazines, catalogs…”


The post goes on to showcase the work of  the Mergenthaler Company which was founded by the linotype machine inventor “Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German immigrant who set up shop in Brooklyn.”  Over the year’s his company released “an endless succession of handbooks, manuals, brochures, and pamphlets.”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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