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Started by Mechanic, January 20, 2017, 01:43:13 AM

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For those who have never Heard of the Linotron 505. This video will give you some incite into its place in the move from hot metal to photo.

Featuring the cathode-ray tube Linotron 505 for high-speed film typesetting. Although this is a film machine, the input is still controlled by perforated tape.

The film features many interesting line diagrams on how the CRT machine works and exposes the characters onto paper or film. It goes into great depth about the optical grid system of characters on glass plates.

The ability to photographically create "fake" italics is possible for the first time and the film explains how the characters are created into the optical grid. The facilities and photo labs that create the grids are shown in great detail. The film ends with an aerial view of the Mergenthaler (a division of Eltra) production plant in Long Island.

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George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

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