The Heart Of The Linotype Machine


The main cam cluster of the Linotype Machine. These graceful slow-rolling giants are what actuate most functions of the Linotype machine. Observing a functioning Linotype machine run from the operator side is a jaw-dropping wonder, but to see the machine cycle from the cam side is like watching art in motion.

Today (July 3rd) marks the 131st anniversary of the invention of the Linotype machine. To honor this date, we’ll make these keepsake cards available for purchase again. Look for them here.

Letterpress printed from Linotype cast Garamond (18pt^265 and 6pt^1558) and a 11pt magnesium metal relief plate etched from a square dot 65 LPI halftone film of the Linotype cams.

Printed using our house red (run very light) and house black inks. Cam image printed on the uncoated “Kraft” side of our custom made heavy weight “Stumptown Printers Kraft Duplex” paper.

Stumptown Printers keepsake prints are made in small batch editions using traditional commercial printing techniques.

Each package contains a continental-sized (4" x 6") print with blank area for note writing, a custom-made envelope which includes decorative linotype-composed printing, and an information tag that describes the production process and equipment used to produce the print.

4 bucks, and limited to a run of 100 pieces, this print is another keepsake that represents our hands-on production methods.

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Brian Bagdonas