Linotype: The Film /

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Linotype: The Film

Seattle Premiere with Director, Doug Wilson

Doors open at 6:30PM, film starts at 7:00PM.

Students: $5
General Admission: $10


Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

The Linotype (pronounced "line-o-type") completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence.

What place does the Linotype have in the age of new technology? Should the machine be shoved into a museum and left to rust? Why should anyone care about typography or the technology of communication? The film seeks to answer these questions.

Question & Answer session after the film with Director, Doug Wilson.

On Saturday, March 10th, from noon - 5PM, Andy Keck will be opening his shop/studio/garage to anyone with an interest in learning more about hot metal and seeing a linecaster in operation. Andy has a 1922 Intertype Model C (apparently named Eloise) running alongside a mid-’30s 10″x15″ Kluge Automatic letterpress as well as a number of other interesting odds and ends. Intertype (with the advertising slogan “The Better Machine”) was the Chevy to Linotype’s Ford, functionally and visually identical machines with minor differences in parts interchangeability.

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Sponsored by:
School of Visual Concepts
Starbucks Creative
Paper Hammer / Mighty Tieton
Glenn Fleishman
AIGA Seattle
Book Arts Guild
Printing Control
Andy Keck


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