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Started by Mechanic, July 16, 2009, 10:49:01 PM

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The following web site will take you to a 1915 publication of The Book Of Wonders and a description of how the Linotype works. The Linotype illustrated  is a model I have not seen before. It appears to be a mixer that requires the front of the magazine to move up and down for mixing along the lines of the model 25.

The nameplate reads
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

Patrick Leary

The model pictured is a Model 9, which came out in the 1920s, I believe. The magazines were in the shape of parallellograms and possibly contained their own verges/escapements. The mats had to be cut to run in a certain position in the machine, and couldn't be interchanged. The operator could mix from ALL FOUR magazines, because distribution was simultaneous. A version with four auxiliaries was the Model 24. They were rather challenging to maintain.
F.R.  Edgecombe/Printer of Kalamazoo at one time owned two (2) model 9s, and in 1951 I got to set a paragraph on one of them.
In the late '70s he had downsized to a typography shop (for printers who had disposed of their hot metal equipment) and was setting a large ad in Memphis when I visited his rural shop--despite the inroads cold type had made in the industry.
I think the Model 9 had at least five (5) distributor screws.
Patrick Leary, Harold's Printing Co., Brookings, S.D.


Thank you  Patrick, As it turns out there was already a photo of the model 9 in the photo section of Metal Type. I must have looked at the photos half a dozen times in the past, but it didn't register. I agree they must have been a challenge to maintain. I would have loved to have had a go.
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

Dave Hughes

Here it is, the picture of the Model 9.

This little puzzle was a lot easier to resolve than this one:,444.0.html

Which still seems to have most people baffled

Model 9

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