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I have in mind a specific item of equipment used in typesetting. I would like the name of this item, the name of its inventor and by what name it was also known as.

Hint: One pin hole told the caster to slide the matrice case so many rows in one direction. The other pin hole so many rows in another direction. Beneath would be the selected character. Characters were cast individually and resulted in type identical to that set by a hand compositor.

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Tiffany

From your description I would say this is Tolbert Lanston's hot metal composition system which consisted of a sparate keyboard and caster. This was known as the Monotype Machine.

I'm not aware that there was another name it was also known by.

At first I thought this latter question might have meant you were referring to the Paige Composition machine, also known as Twain's Folly (?), but it was not a casting machine.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Gerald do you think my question is too vague? Hmm. You are on the right track however. :-) I guess I should revise. If my question is throwing you off, chances are I've misquoted something somewhere. Is there a rule for this??

bieler's picture

"and I don't think he knows how to make proposals either."

Marta

Oh yes he does. Ever hear of the Bush Doctrine? That particular proposal is changing the world as we know it.

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REVISED QUESTION

Hint: One pin hole told the caster to slide the matrice case so many rows in one direction. The other pin hole so many rows in another direction. Beneath would be the selected character. Characters were cast individually and resulted in type identical to that set by a hand compositor.

QUESTION: From the above hint, please name (a) the piece of equipment, (b) the man whom invented the technology used by this equipment, and (c) the nickname associated with his technology.

How many rules did I just break?

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QUESTION: From the above hint, please name (a) the piece of equipment which utilizes this technology, (b) the man whom invented the technology used by this equipment, and (c) the nickname associated with his technology.

This proves that articulation on the fly just does not work for me.

Miss Tiffany's picture

HINT: Keyboard

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HINT: Monotype

eomine's picture

monotype "d" keyboard.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Eduardo -- You've restored my faith in the world. That is the first part. Now, what are the other two answers? This should be easy.

eomine's picture

hmm...
the inventor of monotype was Tolbert Lanston.
about the nickname, i think i'll need one more
hint. ;)

Miss Tiffany's picture

Eduardo --> I'm looking for the name of the inventor for the technology used by this keyboard.

or rather

I'm looking for the name of the inventor for the technology used by this keyboard.

matha_standun's picture

Sorry Tiffany,
the difference between 'technology used' and 'technology used' is far too subtle for me to grasp at 1.30 in the morning. Please spell it out in 2 mile high letters of fire.

M.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Basically, the hint which was given is describing the technology.

HINT: Loom

This was fun while it lasted.

John Hudson's picture

Oh, you wouldn't happen to be looking for Joseph-Marie Jacquard, inventor of punch-card-controlled looms, as the answer would you? If so, I think the question was a little confusing, as it didn't make clear that you were looking for the precursor of the punch-tape used on Monotype keyboards.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. That is the correct person. You don't happen to know the nickname do you?

To true. I SuperBotched(R) this question

Miss Tiffany's picture

Well. I think I've tied this up long enough. Apologies to all on the cryptic way in which I worded my question. :^/

Answers:
(a) Linotype "D" Keyboard
(b) Jacquard
(c) Jacquard Loom

NEXT!

John Hudson's picture

Am I counted as getting it correct, even though I missed parts (a) and (c) (although I'm not sure that 'Jacquard Loom' counts as a nickname per se)?

Are you sure you meant Linotype D Keyboard? I know that Linotype developed a punched-tape keyboard arrangement, but the kind of typecasting mechanism you described (movement of matrix case, casting of individual sorts) is Monotype, not Linotype. The Linotype punch-tape was read by a machine that attached to a normal Linotype caster/keyboard arrangment, and essentially the punch-tape drove the keyboard to release matrices, etc. to cast lines-o-type.

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Actually John, your Joseph-Marie Jacquard response was posed as a question, which could be interpreted as a guess. I'm just going by your rules here. So the first person to answer all three correctly, that is

Monotype "D" Keyboard (I'm sure Linotype was just an inadvertant error)
Jacquard
Jacquard Loom
would get the prize

Hey, I just did that!!!

Miss Tiffany's picture

Okay. I actually meant to type Lanston D Keyboard not Linotype, because as we know it was Monotype. Since posting this inarticulately prosed question I've since found more information, but this is from whence came the idea.

:-)

I suppose we are in a bit of a bind now, as both Eduardo and John both supplied part of the correct answer. Is there a rule for this?

Gerald, I'm not so sure you should get it as you had a bit of help. ;)

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It wasn't a guess! It was an inquiry to find out if I had correctly interpreted the question. I was not guessing that Jacquard invented the punch-card-controlled loom -- I knew this --, I was wondering whether Tiffany was actually looking for the name of the inventor of this device.

However, just to keep things zany, I do not have time today to come up with a new question so, under the rules, the question will revert back to Tiffany but, presuming she's had enough, it will then revert back to me as quizmaster, and I can opt to invite another participant to pose the next question. So, Gerald, unless Tiffany announces in the next five minutes that she wants to pose another question, I hereby nominate you to pose the next question.

Miss Tiffany's picture

John -- I didn't read your post as a guess. Rather, I read it as you finally catching on to my Superdaft

bieler's picture

Tiffany and John

I was just being a naughty boy.

Ask the next question Tiffany.

Miss Tiffany's picture

What do these following people have in common?

Gordon Aymar
Herbert Bayer
Cipes Pineles Burtin
Heyworth Campbell
Alexander Liberman
L. Moholy-Nagy

eomine's picture

they were included in Art Directors Club
Hall of Fame in 1975.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Good Job Eduardo! You win!

eomine's picture

So this is a music-and-design-related question:
Who is known as being the inventor of record-album covers?
Name at least one musician/artist that had an album cover
designed by this person.

Am I breaking any rules here, quizmaster? ;)

Miss Tiffany's picture

Alex Steinweiss for Count Basie

Miss Tiffany's picture

oh. wait. did I just break a rule?

eomine's picture

that's correct, tiffany.

anyway, if anyone here broke any rules, probably it was me,
since Alex Steinweiss was laureated by ADC Hall of Fame in 1998.
but i couldn't think of a better question, and it was not directly
related to your previous one, so i posted it anyway. ;)

besides, i'm logging off soon, so please, go ahead.

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