Ludlow Typograph Linecaster

Manufacturer: Ludlow Typograph Company, Chicago, IL, USA

Model: Model M


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Acquired: 2014


In 1906, Washington I. Ludlow (inventor) and William A. Reade (machinist) formed the Ludlow Typograph Company, with the intention to make a simpler and cheaper version of the Linotype. In 1912, the Ludlow Typograph was introduced. It turned out to be a success during the heyday of letterpress.

Linotype uses the keyboard to compose each line of type, while Ludlow uses hand-set mats. On the Linotype, composers were restricted to typefaces smaller than 24pt. Ludlow made alphabets up to 96pt and figures as large as 240pt.

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