Linotype: The Film and the Forgotten Machine that Changed the World

July 5, 2011

Linotype: The Film and the Forgotten Machine that Changed the World

Invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1886 and dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, the Linotype Machine is a revolutionary invention that has nearly reached instinction. Linotype: The Film seeks to inform viewers of the forgotten machine that altered and enhanced publication and communication and gives those that still possess the skills of operation a fighting chance to pass on their knowledge.

In this teaser of interviews, Allan Haley says, "type has always been tied to technology." This thought provoking statement makes me excited to watch the documentary, along with some curiosity about the history and impact of Linotype. The film, which started production last year, is set to be released in fall of this year.

P.S. Yesterday was Linotype's 125th Anniversary!

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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