Linotype’s 125th

22 May

The Atlantic has a nice piece up today about Linotype machines, the backbone of the 20th century newspaper industry, with their distinctive keyboards and “kachunka” noises. The article makes mention of a 1979 Texas Monthly article about typesetters, which is worth a look as well. As a final cherry on top, the author recalls Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom novels, whose protagonist worked as a typesetter, and whose occupation loomed large in Rabbit Redux.. The definition of a good Sunday read.


2 Responses to “Linotype’s 125th”

  1. Ryan May 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Got to see one of these things in action at a small press here in Seattle. Very very interesting machines.

  2. T. Munk August 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Where ya been lately, Harry? We’ve missed you! (:

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