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Typesetter - Monotype, Single Keyboard, Early 1900s Object Reg. No: HT 15174

Summary:
This typesetter was manufactured by the Monotype Corporation but the date of manufacture is unknown.

On a list of inventory of equipment of historical importance in the Victorian Government Printing Office, dated 15 September 1987, an item was recorded with a date of 1903. It had no given serial number. The item is designated 'Model 1' on a name tag, and may be the first Monotype purchased by the VGPO.

Operation
The letters on the keyboard are arranged in the same positions as on a normal typewriter, and the copy can be tapped by touch in much the same way. As the operator taps the copy, instructions for the automatic operation of type-casting are recorded by combination of perforations in the paper ribbon that unwinds at the top. Through the "message" on the ribbon, the keyboard tells the Caster what to do. The Caster is a separate machine, the keyboard ribbon being installed for its operation. Monotype was widely used for book work where it had an advantage over the Linotype in being able to set pages complete, reducing composing time.
Description:
Metal standing mechanism on stand with keyboard and mechanism for perforating paper tape
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1450 mm (Height), 640 mm (Width), 700 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: printing equipment, typesetting machines
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: printing presses
Inscriptions: Label is missing. It would have been on the front of the machine.
Manufacturer: Monotype Corporation, Australia, Unknown
User: Victorian Government Printing Office, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1900-1980
References: Source used by Peter Marsh (2 July 2007) for this record:
VPRS 9957/P1, Unit 56, File 87/103/1
(VPRS = Victorian Public Record Series)

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