Re: OT: Linotype
- --- In email@example.com, Dave McGuire <Mcguire@...> wrote:
>Don't forget the big metal pot, that ran on 240V.
> > I think I worked with one once (or part of one). It handled the photos for the
> > AP and we had to interface to it. 25v dc +/- centronics interface. I was told
> > it dated to the late 1940. The thing stunk like vinegar only stronger.
> Linotypes don't deal with photos and have no electronics other than
> that required to drive a single large AC motor and an operator's lamp.
> They are textual typesetters, 100% mechanical, designed well over a
> century ago. They use no chemicals other than lubricating oil.
There where other companies that later copied and improved upon the Linotype. The ones I know are Intertype, Comet and Electron. There was one called the Electron II, it had a paper tape reader and would activate the (many) keys with solenoids. I personally have never seen this machine, but my dad said it was a sight to see. I guess it would be like one of those old "player piano's". I think this machine is from the early 70's.
- 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