From the Victorian era to the start of the twenty-first century, the Mergenthaler Linotype Company dominated the typesetting and printing industries. Unlike previous books which have ended with the invention of the Linotype, Frank Romano tells the rest of the story. This book details the products, the people, and the corporate activities that kept the company ahead of its competition in hot metal, phototypesetting, and pre-press technology. Over ten corporate entities eventually formed the U.S. manufacturer, which ended its corporate life as a division of a German press maker. What began in 1886 ended finally in May 2013, when the Linotype Library division of Monotype Imaging was closed down. After 127 years, the last resting place of the history of the Linotype Company is in this book.
About the Author
Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at RIT, began his career at the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in 1959. A renowned authority on graphic communications, printing, and publishing, Romano has published over 50 books.
Hardcover edition is available through Oak Knoll.
Publisher: RIT Press (06/2014)
Illustrations: Many, some color
Size: 10.5 x 8.5 in.
Shipping Weight: 3.3lb
Find this book at RIT Libraries
Frank Romano’s Love Letter to Linotype - Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends
Frank Romano’s Ode to the Linotype and its Inventor - Katherine O'Brien, American Printer
The Lion of Typesetting - Steven Heller, Print
Typographic Sanity - Dan Piepenbring, The Paris Review
The (other) eighth wonder of the world: Linotype - Sal Robinson, Melville House
Table of Contents
1. Clephane’s History of the Linotype
2. Linotype’s Early Years: Great Expectations and Unforeseen Betrayals
3. Mackey’s 1936 History of the Linotype Company
4. Mergenthaler’s Linotype Machines, 1883–1972
5. The Logotype and Other Competitors
6. The Intertype
7. John Rogers: Inventor, and Perfecter of the Linotype
8. Key People Who Built the Company, 1888–1960
9. The War Years
10. The Business of Type
11. Mergenthaler Expands Beyond the Linotype
12. Linotype’s Periodicals and Special Publications
13. Mergenthaler Offices and Factories
14. My Life at Linotype
15. The Phototypesetting Era and Corporate Mergers
16. Eltra: Linotype Becomes a Modern Conglomerate
18. Mergenthaler Linotype Chronology
Fonts Manufactured by Linotype or Its Subsidiaries