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Old 07-05-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Early photo-type inventor dies

Gutenberg gave the western world a practical method of printing by movable type in 1450. Ottmar Merganthaler mechanized that process when he invented the Blower Linotype in 1886.

Sixty years later, in 1946, Louis Moyroud and Rene Higonnet liberated printers from metal type with their invention of the Lumitype photo-typesetter. The Lumitype and a later version, the Photon, used lenses, images of characters on a spinning disc, and a strobe light to create lines and galleys of set type.

Mr. Moyroud died yesterday at the age of 96 (Mr. Higonnet had died in 1983.)

   
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