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The Linotype machine

The Linotype machine is a line casting machine used in printing. Along with letterpress printing, Linotype was the industry standard for newspapers, magazines and posters from the late 19th century to the 1960s and 70s. The name of the machine comes from the fact that it produces an entire line of metal type at once, hence a line-o'-type, a significant improvement over the previous industry standard, i.e., manual, letter-by-letter typesetting using a composing stick and drawers of letters. The machine revolutionized typesetting and with it especially newspaper publishing, making it possible for a relatively small number of operators to set type for many pages on a daily basis. Before Mergenthaler's invention of the Linotype in 1884, no daily newspaper in the world had more than eight pages.

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