We are very pleased to be hosting this screening of a great documentary about one of the most intricate and transformative innovations in any industry: the Linotype machine!
From the film's website:
"Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered on 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."
We, at the Charles River Museum have in our collection and on display the two Linotype machines that were in use at the City of Boston's Print Shop until they were rendered obsolete and superseded by modern desktop publishing technology. ONE of these two Linotype machines is fully functional and will be demonstrated at the conclusion of the film by John Kristensen of Allston's Firefly Press, an experienced operator at the conclusion of the film!
Tickets are $10.
Screening begins at 7PM. Doors open a half hour prior to the screening.