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Typesetter - Monotype Double Keyboard, Date Unknown Object Reg. No: ST 033120

Summary:
Monotype machine used for typesetting. Made by Monotype Corporation Ltd., London, England.

The Press was presumably bought new 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. [See Monotype Composition Caster] Monotype was widely used for book work were it had an advantage over the Linotype in being able to set pages complete, reducing composing time.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victoria: Government Printing Office, 1981
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: printing, printing equipment, typesetting machines
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Printing
Tertiary Classification: typesetting
Inscriptions: Metal label:
Monotype Keyboard
22842

Model Monotype s5e9a. Ser. No. 22842.
Manufacturer: Monotype Corporation Ltd, London, England, Great Britain

Comments

David Bolton Posted on 10 Jun 2014 7:16 PM
According to records at the Type Archive in London, this keyboard was supplied to the Government Press in Melbourne in November 1948

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