Slugfest: Linotype Day 2022

The Printing Museum in Houston is observing Linotype Day on May 21, 2022 @ 12pm to 3pm!

Your donation gets you your very own Line-O-Type!

Celebrate the machine that Thomas Edison called “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Designed by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1885, “Linotype” literally means “line of type.” The Linotype Machine was the first machine at which a person could use a keyboard to compose a single line of type, and cast it in lead, called a “slug”. The Linotype machine revolutionized typesetting, moving the craft from laborious hand-setting individual letters, to swiftly mechanically casting an entire line of type.

Don’t miss this special chance to see our Linotype Model 31 in action, casting hot metal type! This Linotype machine, manufactured by Mergenthaler Linotype Co, dates from the 1950s. It was operated for several years at the Houston Chronicle, where as many as 35 of these machines were used to produce the daily and weekend editions. This machine was last employed commercially in the 1980s by a local typographer.

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