Graphic arts

  • Mergenthaler Linotype C. Model 5

    Inventory number: 6496
    Date: c. 1906
    Origin: United States of America
    Dimensions: 190 x 150 x 145 cm

    The Linotype is a system invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in the late 19th century which allowed a single operator to automatically compose an entire page which could subsequently be printed. Linotype joined entire lines of text using metallic (lead) characters for editorial printing and composition.

    The Mergenthaler Linotype Company was founded in 1886 in the United States of America to manufacture and commercialise linotype machines and became a major leader in the sales of this equipment.