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Museum Collage

 

Until the end of the 19th century, type was set for printing by hand - a slow process, which, for example, limited newspapers to eight pages.  The Linotype (1886) was the first "line casting" machine and here are three examples from the National Museum of the Printing Press in Porto.  The machine hanging outside the museum may be a Linotype - I couldn't see any identification; that on the right is a Typograph, the main advantage of which was that it was cheaper than the Linotype; while that at the bottom of the collage is an Intertype (1917). These machine were widely used in the printing industry right around the world until the 1970s and 1980s when lithographic printing and computer composition began to replace them.

 

 

Museum Collage

 

Until the end of the 19th century, type was set for printing by hand - a slow process, which, for example, limited newspapers to eight pages.  The Linotype (1886) was the first "line casting" machine and here are three examples from the National Museum of the Printing Press in Porto.  The machine hanging outside the museum may be a Linotype - I couldn't see any identification; that on the right is a Typograph, the main advantage of which was that it was cheaper than the Linotype; while that at the bottom of the collage is an Intertype (1917). These machine were widely used in the printing industry right around the world until the 1970s and 1980s when lithographic printing and computer composition began to replace them.

 

 

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Sep 2016, 03:38
This is interesting stuff, Tom.
Tom Wilson: A very interesting little museum, Ray.
Quite an education, here, Tom! Thank you!
Tom Wilson: Glad you like it, Elizabeth.
Interesting indeed Tom!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Sep 2016, 07:30
They look so ancient now don't they, replaced by digital wizardry
Tom Wilson: Indeed they do!
When I was a kid a friend of mine's dad had a little printing press in his garden shed. His was the hand setting type with lots of boxes of letters that were set by hand. It was fascinating and I still find print and printing interesting
Tom Wilson: A friend of mine still has an old metal press, on the lines of my first pic in this series, along with several cases of type!
A very interesting triptych Tom, this looks to be a very good museum.
Tom Wilson: It was well worth the visit, Brian.
They are wonderful machines. I used to work at a newspaper that still had one in the composing room...

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