The Linofilm, circa 1970.

Mergenthaler’s first phototypesetter, the Linofilm, came out in 1954, but by 1970 they produced a phototypesetter called the VIP which held six fonts at a time (one reserved for punctuation and special characters like the asterisk, etc.), and selected sizes from 5 to 35 points with a moving zoom lens. (Special font strips could be […]

Rise and Fall of First Generation Phototypesetting – 2.

Compugraphic In the late 1960s Mergenthaler was purchasing perforator terminals to drive its lead casting Linotype machines, from a Massachusetts company named Compugraphic. This led to a new development… At this time Photon was the leading, if not the only, phototypesetter manufacturer; its president was a man named Bill Garth. He wanted to produce a […]

Rise and Fall of First Generation Phototypesetting – 1.

The Photon Begins It All. It really began shortly after the end of World War II, when two Frenchmen, Higonnet and Moyrou, developed a viable phototypesetter that used a strobe light and a series of optics to project characters from a spinning disk onto photographic paper. They licensed their patents to a Massachusetts firm called […]

Netley Typesetters.

Front Left: Kym Frost and Right: Robert Padfield. I think we have Rod Merritt behind Frosty and it might be a very young John Marshallsay or Ray McKay behind Padfield. At the Back: Steve Palmer could be the bloke near the clock with the white T Sh…