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Mergenthaler Linotype Company

1886-present

History

The day Ottmar Mergenthaler demonstrated the first linecasting machine to the New York Tribune in 1886, Whitelaw Reid, the editor, was delighted: "Ottmar," he said, "you've cast a line of type!" The editor's words formed the basis for the company label, and marked the beginning of Linotype's success story. Four years later, the ingenious inventor founded the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Little did he know that after more than 100 years of successful business the Linotype, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., would be following in his footsteps.


Linotype's goal is to be a partner for designers and typographers, and to support a global transfer of know-how and an open exchange of ideas and information in the field of typography. The ambitious and qualified staff at Linotype are dedicated to meeting this objective and making it reality.


Linotype carries on a 120 year old heritage. Famous names like Linotype-Hell AG, D. Stempel AG, Haas'sche Schriftgießerei and Deberny & Peignot are the roots of Linotype. Ottmar Mergenthaler made his mark in history as the inventor of the type setting machine. Mergenthaler's breakthrough soon became known as the Linotype. Quickly adopted by major newspapers around the world, the Linotype initiated a new freedom in the creation of everything from newspapers to books, from advertisements to a wide range of literature. With this invention Ottmar Mergenthaler could indeed be called the founder of the later Linotype group of companies.¹