Linotype Sales Literature

The Mature "Blue Streak" Lineup (1937 Onward)

5; 31/32; 29/30; 33/34/35/36

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1. Introduction

The "Blue Streak" branding was introduced in 1936, and at that time included earlier models such as

Curiously, according to Leonard Spencer's account of Linotype models, this initial branding did not include the Model 5.

Very soon thereafter, however, the lineup shifted and the Blue Streak lineup which "everybody knows" (everybody who remembers, at least, in the very early 21st century) emerged. This comprised:

This was a fully mature product line which endured from the 1930s to the end of production two generations later.

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The Linotype Line

Circa 1960. The Comet, the Model 5 Meteor, the regular-width magazine Models 31, 32, 29, 30, and the wide-magazine "Rangemaster" Models 33, 34, 35, and 36. Also the Linofilm "cold-type" phototypesetting system.

Aside: This seems to be a good place to put The Linotype Line, since it covers the basic "Blue Streak" era lineup so well. It is, however, a later publication which also includes the Comet (introduced 1950) the rebranding of the Model 5 as the "Meteor," and the Linofilm system (not covered here at all).

2. The Standard-Magazine Machines

2.1. The Model 5

I think that the Model 5 was available only for (a single) standard-width 90-channel magazine.

[I don't have any literature specific to the Model 5.]

2.2. Standard-Magazine Nonmixers: Models 31 & 32

These machines were available 90-channel standard-width magazines only.

The Model 32 has auxiliary (side) magazines; the Model 31 has only main magazines.

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Model 31 Newly Engineered

Linotype's Newly Engineered Model 31. 131.12-B-WW-10X. Brochure (12pp incl. covers).

2.3. Standard-Magazine Mixers: Models 29 & 30

These machines were available with all 90-channel standard-width magazines, all 72-channel standard-width magazines, and in 72-90 combinations.

The Model 30 has auxiliary (side) magazines; the Model 29 has only main magazines. Note that a machine need not have all four possible main or side magazines installed. My Model 29, for example, has capacity for only two magazines installed.

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Model 29: Intricate Mixing at Keyboard Speeds

Model 29 Linotype[:] Intricate Mixing at Keyboard Speeds . 129.06-F-TT-13X. This brochure includes both the Model 29 and the Model 30 Linotypes.

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Tape-Operated Model 29 Linotype

"Tape-Operated Model 29 Linotype." Explains the tape-controlled Quick-Opening Knife Block, a part of the Tape-Operated Mixer Attachment. Illustrates the LTS (Linomatic Tape System) Operating Unit. (N.B., no Mergenthaler document number)

3. The Wide-Magazine "Rangemasters"

3.1. The Wide-Magazine Nonmixers: Models 33 & 34

These machines were available with either one to four 90-channel wide magazines or one to four 72-channel wide magazines. (They cannot have both 72 and 90 channel magazines, as they have only one Distributor/Channel Entrance and one Assembler Entrance.)

The Model 34 has auxiliary (side) magazines; the Model 33 has only main magazines.

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Rangemaster Model 33 [&] Model 34

Now! The Finest Single Distributor Display Machines[:] Rangemaster Model 33 [and] Model 34 . (1954.) 133.10-I-SS-20X.

3.2. The Wide-Magazine Mixers: Models 35 & 36

These machines were available with all 90-channel wide magazines, all 72-channel wide magazines, and in 72-90 combinations.

The Model 36 has auxiliary (side) magazines; the Model 35 has only main magazines.

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Rangemaster Mixer Models 35 [&] 36 [rev. 9]

Rangemaster Mixer Models 35 [and] 36[:] Best Display Machines Ever Made . 135.09.J-SS-20X. [TO DO: SCAN]

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Rangemaster Mixer Models 35 [&] 36 [rev. 10]

Rangemaster Mixer Models 35 [and] 36[:] Best Display Machines Ever Made . 135.10-J-SS-5X.

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Rangemaster Mixer Model 36: Unequalled in Range and Capacity

136.11-C-TT-1X.

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