An extract of a chapter from Sherman, Frank M., ed. The Genesis of Machine Typesetting. (Chicago: M & L Typesetting & Electrotyping Company, 1950.)
In the machine above note the way in which the drive system (which survived in general layout on later machines) was really designed for an under-floor lineshaft. Note also the provision of a hand crank for turning the machine over.
In the machines above and below, which are all Ludlows as we know them (that is, hand-set matrix machines, not the original matrix-bar machine) note that a provision for attaching a hand crank still survives. I rather wish they'd kept this feature.
The book from which the essay reprinted here is taken was published in the U.S. without copyright notice at a time when such notice was required. I believe that it therefore passed into the public domain upon initial publication in 1950. Just to do it, I also checked the copyright renewal records and discovered no renewal for it, which would have been required of it had it been copyrighted upon publication. The reprints of and extracts from it here remain in the public domain.
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