This section also includes some engineering drawings by former manufacturers (Star Parts, Mergenthaler) and a few contemporary individuals making reproduction/replacement parts. In theory these should probably be in their own section, but they're so heavily cross-linked with parts books that it seemed better to put them here.
(See the note in the overall Composing Linecasters Notebooks for an explanation of why many of the links here don't currently work.)
Mergenthaler Linotype Company (US)
Ott. Mergenthaler & Company (US)
The very first Linotypes were manufactured by Ottmar Mergenthaler in his own shop in Baltimore, before (and as) the syndicate which controlled the Linotype patents set up their own factory in Brooklyn. Ott. Mergenthaler & Co. continued to manufacture accessories and spare parts (but not entire machines) through 1905. One catalogue, from 1898, survives.
Linotype and Machinery Limited (UK)
Mergenthaler Linotype GmbH (Germany)
Linotype S.p.A. (Italy)
Ludlow Typograph Company
Several individuals have begun reverse-engineering Linotype/Intertype compatible parts. What is particularly exciting is that some of them have released their engineering drawings for use by others. From these beginnings, it is to be hoped that someday we will be able to build new Linotypes and Intertypes as open-source hardware.
The Justape line of standalone typographic computers. These processed TTS-style punched paper tape for both hot metal linecasters and for tape-driven phototypesetters.
(The unit on the left in the image here is a standard Teletype High Speed Tape Punch Set (BRPE Type).)
The bulk of Compugraphic typographic equipment, however, was involved with phototypesetting.
Curle Mfg. Co. / Curlesaw Co.
Curle Manufacturing Company, and possibly later Curlesaw Company. The Curle Slug Corrector.
For the Curle Matrix Anvil (which was manufactured by the Monomelt Company), see Monomelt Co. Linecasting Accessories; Curle, below.
[NOTHING YET] A Digitronic Corp. (Albeston, NY) "Dial-o-verter" was used as a modem in the transatlantic Teletypesetter hookup of the Guardian (UK) and the NY Times on 1960-10-08. See James, L. W. "Guardian - New York Times Link Up in Atlantic TTS Experiment" in Intertype Interludes (Autumn 1962): pp. 12-13. It was "just" a modem, but it was reading 6-level TTS tape.
Duex Engineering Products
Spaceband cleaning tool built into the spaceband box.
Esham's Matrix Milling Machine
Convert a matrix from running pi to running in a channel.
Hamilton (Linecaster Products)
For the most part, Hamilton is known for its wood type and for composing room items. Some of their products were linecaster-specific, however, such as their Operator's Cabinets and Matrix Cabinets.
International Typographical Union
The Brewer Keyboard for the Teletypesetter (developed by Unitypo, Inc.), an ETAOIN keyboard for the QWERTY TTS.
Margach (Except Metal Feeders)
Margach Lino-Slug Router.
Mohr Saw Installing Instructions (Linotype) Edition C. [Mohr Autopositor.] [MORE TO DO]
Monomelt Co. Linecasting Accessories; Curle
The Curle Matrix Anvil, manufactured by the Monomelt Company (better known for its Monomelt System of hot metal feeders).
For the Curle Slug Corrector, see the Curle Mfg. Co. / Curlesaw Co. Notebooks, above.
Gossen Automatic Spaceband Cleaning Machine.
[NOT DONE] Spacebands. Since 1906. See Inland Printer ads, 1920s.
William Reid Co.
Magazine rack brochure.
Rich & McLean
[NOT DONE] A French system which began as an ETAOIN linecaster tape perforator and evolved into a general typographic computing system.
The Rouse Sennett Postive Assembler. Star Wheels.
Transistorized Mat Detector (Assembler Entrance).
[NOTHING ONLINE] Simoncini was best known for their matrices, but also made or sold several items of equipment. These included the TP 5 Unjustified Tape Perforator Keyboard (for 5 to 8 level tape).
Star Parts / Linotype Parts Company
[JUST LINKS FOR NOW] Tape handling equipment.
Teletypesetter Corp. and Fairchild TTS Literature
Teletypesetter Corporation (from 1932), then Fairchild Graphic Equipment (from 1958). Link to Comet-specific maintenance documents.
Devices of Unknown Manufacture
A matrix cleaning galley patented by George L. Curle.
Historical and Semi-Technical
[1894 Scientific American article.]
[Thompson. Mechanism of the Linotype.] McCall. Linotype Manual. Harding & Loomis. Linecasting Operator-Machinist. [Intertype Mouthpiece and Throat Cleaning Film]
[NOT DONE] [Stubbs' Manual]
The literature collected (or pointed to from) here is primarily technical in nature, and exclusively oriented toward linecasters. For more general treatments of composing and casting machines (especially historical surveys such as Thompson's History of Composing Machines and general technical treatises such as Legros and Grant) see the section on Literature for Machine Composition and Casting in the Tools set of Notebooks.
See the Bibliography for references to other material, especially that reproduced by:
The Teletype and Teletypesetter break my categories. Teletypesetter equipment (using 6-Level tape) was based in large part on Teletype equipment (using 5-level tape), so one argument would put them all over in the Telegraphy section. Yet both were used in newspaper service, so they should both be here in the Typefoundry and Press. Moreover, the success of the Teletypesetter resulted not only in competitive and third-party equipment, but in related linecaster features (such as mat detectors) and operating procedures which would not have existed without the TTS. At the same time, TTS and TTS compatible equipment also drove many phototypesetting machines (suggesting that it should be in the Phototypesetting section) and resulted in some of the first commercial typographic computing equipment (arguing that it should be in an as-yet nonexistent digital typography Notebook)
Teletypesetter-related literature was produced by several companies, and sometimes it was only a small part of their linecaster offering. It isn't always obvious, a priori, where to look (e.g., Mergenthaler literature for Linotype adjustments when operating at Teletypesetter speeds, or equipment modification services by the Mohr Lino-Saw Company). This is a quick top-level index into the various places where Teletypesetter literature lurks in these Notebooks.
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