Mergenthaler Linotype Literature

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Sales Literature

General overviews. Machines and product lines. Major components and subsystems. The Teletypesetter as a system. Specific features and capabilities. Internal sales manual. House organs ( The Linotype Bulletin). Accessories.

Branding and identity ("The Hand that Keeps the World Informed")

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Parts Books and Parts Price Lists

[NOT DONE]

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Part Index

[BARELY STARTED - online only because it contains anchors that other things link to.] Break out part numbers to their multiple names. Crosslink to compatible parts by Star Parts, Intertype, and Rich & McLean, and, when appropriate, to equivalent parts by Intertype.

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Maintenance

Links to the major Mergenthaler books and manuals. Reprints of various maintenance booklets. Reprints of some Linotype Improvement Sheets." Maintenance of specific items (Electromatic Safety, Pots, Quadders; Comet-specific Maintenance). Reprints (ongoing; not much done yet) of maintenance "Memos," "Lists," "Parts Lists," "Items," "Diagram Sheets," "Mailing Sheets," and "Wiring Diagrams."

But for weight/dimension data for rigging, erection procedures (assembling the machine), taking-down procedures (disassembling the machine), and factory finishing procedures, see the section "Assembling and Disassembling," below.

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Assembling and Disassembling

How to build a Linotype, given a suitable collection of parts: Erecting procedures. Taking-down procedures. Upgrade and modification procedures. Factory finishing procedures. Rigging and shipping.

But for more or less routine maintenance procedures, see the section "Maintenance," above .

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Engineering Drawings

Engineering Drawings (intended for use in manufacturing).

For other kinds of technical and engineering drawings intended for use in maintenance, see Maintenance.

See also the Linotype Parts Co. / Star Parts Engineering Drawings & Data Notebooks. Star Parts reverse-engineered many Linotype components.

See also the "Individual Makers of Linotype & Intertype Compatible Parts" for modern reverse-engineered and/or compatible components.

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Operation

Manual keyboard operation: Link to Linotype Keyboard Operation on William Spurling's http://www.linotype.org/ site. Linotype Keyboard Practice booklet. [NOT DONE: Matrix Planning and Ordering]

Teletypesetter and tape/computational operation: [NOTHING YET]

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Ephemera

[NOTHING YET]

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Bibliographic Notes on Mergenthaler Linotype Literature

Not yet done.

Note that Jim Gard has cracked the Mergenthaler publication code; when he publishes that study, more information on it will be included here. If you were confused by the source of material regarding these codes published on p. 444 of Frank Romano's History of the Linotype Company (Rochester, NY: RIT Press, 2014), please see the CircuitousRoot Notebook on Mergenthaler Linotype Matrix Identification, in its section on the Mergenthaler Useful Matrix Information booklets, in which that information first appeared.

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