The Linotype Machine | 1886

30 March, 2011

Example of Sholes’ typewriter:

Example of Mergenthaler’s Linotype Machine:

Example of an operator using the Linotype Machine:


1.  Why was the typewriter an important part of our history?

The typewriter changed the way everything was printed. Newspapers became longer with more articles and images, operators were able to quickly type down their recordings/findings. It was a faster way to type and it was more movable and durable than a Gutenberg printing press. It was the first time in 400 years someone had modified printing of any kind and made it worth the while.

2. What is typesetting?

Typesetting is the composition of text material by means of types/sorts.

3. Why was the Linotype the greatest advance in printing since movable type?

The casting of the types were done in metal matrices as opposed to paper-mache. It can produce an entire line of type at once. It can be set mechanically rather than being set by hand. Plus, the entire typewriter could be transported anywhere.

4. How does the Linotype keyboard differ from the keyboard we use today?

The Linotype keyboard has 90 keys. It is set into three coloured-catagories: black, white, and blue. The black type (left side of the keyboard) are for lowercase letters. The white type (right side of the keyboard) is reserved for uppercase letters. The blue type (middle portion of the keyboard) is set for any punctuation, small capital letters, digits, and is fixed with spaces.


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