Mergenthaler Linotype Parts Catalog No. 51

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Rescued from my recycling bin. A shabby but interesting, if not useful reference for the thousands of parts that made up the various models 5, 29, 30, 31, and 32 of the “Blue Streak” Linotype. At over 425 pages, this late Catalog No 51 is only the “assembling and distributing” portion of the machine. An entirely different Catalog 52 includes the “casting and driving” mechanisms.

Missing its covers, and priced accordingly, buy this for the fun and edification that comes from understanding the myriad parts of the machines that made hot metal type and the information explosion they facilitated.

You might even use the hundreds of halftone images for collage or who knows what else.

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