Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Linotype: The Film

by Emily. Average Reading Time: less than a minute.


In 1886 Ottmar Mergenthaler invented a revolutionary typecasting machine he called the Linotype. At the time it transformed the way information was communicated by mechanizing the type setting process for print, a process which had, up until that point, been painstakingly done by hand. Hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison the Linotype transformed printing at the time but was sadly superseded by further technological advances over the coming years. This 19th Century machine is a print geeks dream.

Film director Douglas Wilson is in the process of making a feature length documentary about the people who own and love these machines today – “Linotype: The Film“. If you love print, in any form, you can’t help but be moved by this short trailer¬†which introduces us to a group of people so passionate about this dying “art form” that they are working together to make sure it survives.