Saturday is Linotype Ludlow Day.

Saturday, July 22 from 10 am to 3 pm

This Saturday, July 22, was scheduled to be Linotype Day at the Museum. As an 80+ year old machine is apt to occasionally do, it has come down with a bug. Instead, we will cast names on the Ludlow. Some people prefer the Ludlow, not as many moving parts — but it sets larger type. Lectures and Linotype description still on!

Linotype slug
A single Linotype slug replaced many individual characters. Easy to cast, easy to correct.

The Linotype machine revolutionized typesetting, moving the craft from laborious hand-setting to swift mechanical setting.

This machine has about 10,000 parts, many of them moving, and when they do, there is a cacophony of sights and sounds as the individual brass matrices plink as they slide down the chute to form words before hot metal, at 600 degrees, is squirted into the matrices and freshly cast slugs, still warm, slide from the machine — a line-of-type. Then the individual matrices are returned to their slots with soothing tinkle, tinkle, tinkle sounds as they are automatically distributed to their homes based on a unique series of notches. A sight to behold, music to the ears.

Linotype matrices
These matrices will be cast into a line-of-type using hot metal at over 600 degrees.

Thomas Edison declared it the “8th Wonder of the World” when it was created over 125 years ago. It enabled the faster and less expensive creation of newspapers and books.

Linotype machine
The Linotype is heavy, it is mechanical, but was the technology of the future when it was created over 125 years ago.

We planned to put it into operation at the Museum of Printing on Saturday, July 22 and let you take away a slug with your name on it but the Linotype will not be operational this Saturday. Instead we will cast names on the Ludlow, still present lectures and describe the Linotype in detail.

Frank Romano, the author of The History of the Linotype Company, will give a lecture on the Linotype machine at 10:30 am and repeat it at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

The Museum is located at 15 Thornton Ave, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

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