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Old 10-24-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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I just watched the documentary called Linotype: The Film. The movie is about the machine, not the current company that deals with the typefaces.

The movie meandered around, mostly with anecdotes from former operators. Some more interesting than others. There was a decent section about the inventor. And toward the end was a brief interview with Matthew Carter, and a brief mention that the development of the machine contributed to typography.

I think one needs a lot of patience to get through this movie. I was able watch the whole thing because I was curious to learn more. I got to use a Linotype a few times in high school print class. But the movie didn't answer the one question I had, which was how did they keep the molten metal from sticking to the matrices and the injector openings when the machine cooled down.

   
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Where did you see it--on tv or ?

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I streamed it from Amazon.com. Unfortunately, I don't see it listed at Netflix. I guess the most interesting thing to me was that Ottmar Mergenthaler (the inventor) was a watch maker. Big jump from watches to a Linotype machine. The other thing is there are still some in commercial use. This is for people who want the look of metal type. Also, there is a man who has a slew of them them and set up a Linotype school for people to learn how to use them. People come in from around the world. The machines can bought for almost nothing. They showed someone win two at auction for $10. Most get sold as scrap metal.

   
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I found something about this on the net. It seems that lead will stick to clean brass but left to its own devices, brass develops a skin of oxidized metal; lead won't stick to that.

And the matrices were made of brass.

   
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andrew: I streamed it from Amazon.com.
Ahhh...thanks....maybe it will be on PBS sometime...

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