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Started by Dave Hughes, July 08, 2012, 11:57:17 PM

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Dave Hughes

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A very old, blue Linotype machine.

I don't have the answer on this one, the person who posted the pic on Flickr, gave only scant informtion:

QuoteLinotype Legend 190x

An old machine, but it looks to me as if it may have been added to, or updated over the years.

Linotype Legend 190x by toetoe, on Flickr
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Here is my best guess.

This is definitely an early Linotype, which has been rebuilt. The faceplate is slightly different on early model linotypes, but it is a Linotype face plate and was used on some versions of the model 1. Intertype, even their earliest machines had a distinctive face plate. The model and serial number plate is missing, probably souvenired.  The two idle pullies used to turn the assembler drive belt at right angles, are larger than normal. The compression spring on the plunger was discontinued by Linotype but was standard on Intertype machines. The escapement is part of the magazine, but it is not the narrow style of the original model 1. And of course the galley tray and slug stacker have been moved to the front of the first elevator. My guess is that it is a model 1 Linotype rebuilt by intertype and overhauled at a later date by a third party adding the modern galley and slug stacker.   

I compared it to this machine


Linotype machine, manufactured by Mergenthaler Linotype Co., USA and is dated to 1896. It was used in the production of the Launceston Examiner from 1896 to 1953. It was one of the first linotypes in Australia and the first in Tasmania
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

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