Model 48 Linotype composing machine, c.1957

Made:
1957
Linotype composing machine, Model 48, serial number 15866, 1952-1962.  View of whole object as displayed in Printing Linotype composing machine, Model 48, serial number 15866, 1952-1962.  View of whole object as displayed in Printing

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Linotype composing machine, Model 48, serial number 15866, 1952-1962. View of whole object as displayed in Printing
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Linotype composing machine, Model 48, serial number 15866, 1952-1962. View of whole object as displayed in Printing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model 48 Linotype composing machine, c. 1957, with distributor keyway and eight matrices

The Linotype printing machine was a linecasting machine developed by Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German-American inventor, in 1886. The Linotype was a hot metal typesetting system and the first printing machine that could easily and quickly set complete lines of type for use in printing presses.

This machine revolutionized the art of printing and society. Linotype printing machines were the dominant form of printers for newspapers and magazines from their invention to the late 1900s, when they were largely replaced by photosetting machines and soon afterwards electronic software.

Linotype machines were initially sold by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, established by Mergenthaler in 1886. A British offshoot company, the Linotype Company, was established in 1889, becoming Linotype & Machinery Ltd in 1903.

Details

Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1978-91
credit:
Linotype and Machinery Limited