Photo Type Setting

Will Miller's picture

While there seems to be many fine books written on the practive of metal typesetting and how these types were made, are there any handy references regarding photo type settting and new type practices of the late 60's, 70's through mid 80's? in a nutshell, everything that wasn't metal type setting and before the digital days of the late 80's

jupiterboy's picture

It may not be that interesting.

I worked in three different compugraphics groups. Unix command line input, no on-screen representation, constantly changing film widths to keep costs down, and then you kerned headlines on the board.

Oh the thrill of finding a waxed letter stuck to your butt and trying to figure out where in the paper it had come from.

eliason's picture

Printer's Type in the Twentieth Century by Richard Southall addresses this.

Diner's picture

A great text about the transition of Metal to Photo was written by Ed Rondthaler which also happens to be his autobigraphy and the story of PLINC. It's called Life With Letters (as they turned photogenic)

Additionally, since the Filmotype acquisition I've been working on the complete story of the history of the company, device and library which I hope to have published before the coming Typecon.

Best,
Stuart :D

blank's picture

I get the impression that researching photo type is a bugger in part because nobody loved the process very much. So when desktop publishing arrived, most designers unceremoniously swept their photo-type stuff into the trash, and few libraries held on to the old technical manuals.

Stuart, your history of Filmotype sounds like a fun read, I’ll be looking forward to it.

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