Best Gift Ever: Linotype T-Shirt

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Alyssa just made a masterpiece of a t-shirt based on the cover of a 1951 book called The Linotype Handbook for Teletypesetter Operation. Just in time for the screening of Doug Wilson‘s Linotype: The Film this Saturday, March 17, at the International Printing Museum. The t-shirt was stenciled and then hand painted to bring out the shadow and punch detail on the lightning-bolt-like roll of tape extending from the back of the Linotype Comet, equipped with teletypesetter. As if the basic Linotype wasn’t complicated enough, it was also capable of automatically casting lines from strips of punched tape. These coded tape reels could be transmitted electronically to and from different points around the world, allowing the same newspaper articles to be printed in multiple locations around the world simultaneously. No need to ship type metal.

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2 Responses to “Best Gift Ever: Linotype T-Shirt”

  1. Lauren Emeritz March 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    That is a good looking t-shirt!

  2. Josh Korwin March 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you! We may be selling them soon. I’ll post an update on here if and when we do!

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