The machine is a single distributor 1946 Linotype 31 “4 pocket” mold with hydraquadder. Serial Number 57557. A friend of ours remembers staring into this plate glass window as a kid, transfixed by the sound of the presses, the scent of ink and the movement of this gentle giant with its slow rolling oversized cams. These memories are what inspired him to pursue a career in printing. He's retired now, and I haven't actually told him that the machine is now on our floor. I wonder if he would be excited to see it again, or if he would want to run for the hills at the sight of it. It’s hard to say.
|Promotional piece from Pioneer Printing,|
11 years before this Linotype was built!