Linotype, was Re: [midatlanticretro] OT: Re: Analog Computers - General- Navy Computer- linotype
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave McGuire <Mcguire@...> wrote:
> Linotypes are GLORIOUS. And positively revolutionary.If you have the space, go for it!
> 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.
> The way they work (specifically the matrix mechanism that returnsYes, the decoder bar along the top of the magazines. That bar alone is worth a few hundred dollars. The lubricating of the machine is a delicate matter. The mats must not get any oil on them, so only a drop of oil here and there must be used in the right places so no oil leaks into the path of a mat.
> matrices to the right slots after use) is ingenious. The whole
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/
- On 12/15/2012 03:17 PM, Jeff Jonas wrote:
> I took calligraphy with Don Kunz my final year at The Cooper Union,Calligraphy is cool. I was interested in it years ago but never went
> so I considered typography an enemy or competition to the human touch
> of calligraphy (but I had no time for any courses from the <a
> href=http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu/>Lubalin typography center</a>).
> Sadly, my handwriting & calligraphy has deteriorated over the years,
> so I'm totally dependent on technology for word processing & web
anywhere with it, but I still love to see it.
> 2 of my AT&T co-workers were from Varityper, so they knew programmingNice. ;) I worked at a company about 23 years ago that did a lot of
> AND typesetting/typography. It was common to hear them complaining of
> the laser printer's awful fonts and ligature/kerning problems in
publishing work for large-scale directories and stuff like that. We did
our camera-ready output on a Varityper VT600. I loved that machine.
Its fonts weren't THAT bad...If you want bad fonts and awful-looking
output, look at the garbage generated by MS Word! I have bellybutton
lint that knows more about typography than those developers.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA