When: Wed., Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m. 2017
Just as the internet has revolutionized the spread of information in the new millennium, the linotype machine changed the face of communication in the 19th and 20th centuries. With the invention of this large, complicated and sometimes dangerous machine in the late 1800s, the slow and tedious job of setting type by hand was replaced with a faster, more efficient system. The linotype allowed an operator, known as a composer, to type a sentence or a paragraph that would be cast in metal and arranged into lines of text that could be used for printing publications such as newspapers and books. The 2012 documentary Linotype: The Film offers a detailed look at the development of the device and how it changed not only the distribution of information but information itself.