On 12/10/2012 05:42 PM, joshbensadon wrote:
>> Linotypes are GLORIOUS. And positively revolutionary.
>> There's an old Model 6 in a print shop just a few miles from here.
>> I've seen it in operation. The nice old guy who owns the print
>> shop still uses it occasionally for things like wedding
>> invitations, but he is having thoughts of retirement, and I am
>> working on getting that machine.
> If you have the space, go for it!
I do. And I'm trying. Hard. ;)
>> The way they work (specifically the matrix mechanism that returns
>> matrices to the right slots after use) is ingenious. The whole
> Yes, the decoder bar along the top of the magazines. That bar alone
> is worth a few hundred dollars.
Not to production print shops they're not. Two complete, functional
Linotype Model 6 typesetters were scrapped up here just last year, the
ENTIRE MACHINES were sold to a scrapper for about $300/ea. These
machines were absolute works of art, and they were each in excess of 80
Most print shop guys are in a "can't see the forest for the trees"
situation. To them, it's the "old typesetter" that is hot, smelly,
cantankerous, and far less nice to use than a new digital press. They
can't really be faulted for that.
To people of a historical bent, the development of that machine
literally changed the world.
Linotypes are getting scrapped all over the place every day. Every
now and then, one machine "crosses the line" into a collector's hands,
or into the hands of someone who knows that there are people who want
them, and then they sell for many thousands of dollars. (like the
complete, pristine, century-old Model 6 that went on eBay about two
> When my dad used to operate this machine, he was so quick that he
> would exhaust the "e"'s. So he'd through 5 more into the system and
> make sure he kept ahead before the extra mats dropping into a full
> slot. Then he would key out the 5 extra e's when he was done.
> There's a new movie called Linotype the film that came out 2 months
> ago, check it out. http://www.linotypefilm.com/
I have a copy of it here. Good stuff.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA