Bill’s Linotype

I couldn’t resist posting this beautifully shot and rather enchanting movie, by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, that explores a craftsmans’ relationship with the machinery of his trade. Although this film features Bill Malley (1938-2004) and his Linotype machine, I have met a great many craftsman who, like Bill, developed a great affinity for their machines in a way that does not seem possible nowadays.

3 Comments

  1. mihla
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    During my typography rotation in graphic arts school nearly 30 years ago, we started out in hot type. I hated handset, and learned what the saying “Mind your ‘p’s and ‘q’s” meant when I dropped a California job box. But, I fell in love with the Linotype and spent many hours setting type for wedding invitations and specialty brochures. It’s a shame that today’s graphic design students have no practical knowledge of the meaning behind terms like “font,” “leading,” and “lowercase.”

  2. Andy
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Linotype was a mechanics machine and the Intertype was the operators machine I did my time on Linotype 48′s and ended up on Intertype’s I still own an Intertype C4, this film sums it all up.

  3. Sue Tumath
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    My father, grandfather and greatgrandfather all worked for Linotype, originally in the US and then at L&M in the UK. Wish I could have seen one of these wonderful machines in operation

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