Michael Schoepke started as a young apprentice, or a "printer's devil," on the typesetting machine
, collecting, melting and recycling the lead lines of type that were made up into pages of the newspaper into bars.
When the first edition of Khaleej Times was launched on April 16, 1978, it was printed only in black ink using a Linotype UK Hunter Rotary press, a hot metal typesetting machine
that cast blocks of metal type for printing.
The would then retype your text into a typesetting machine
and produce what they called a 'Bromide' for you to approve as the proof.
A programmer who knew the codes that governed a given typesetting machine
would be able to write software to generate those codes.
Paige's Marvelous Typesetting Machine
(Hill & Dale Private Press and Type Foundry, 2014).
Utterly fascinated by the ancient equipment, Jim memorized the 90-character keyboard of the Linotype, a typesetting machine
. During staffing shortages at the local newspaper, he was called out of school to work on the Linotype for nearly a week.
The "--30--" told the typesetting machine
operator to make it very long.
Having invested heavily in an unsuccessful new typesetting machine
, he faced old age with debts in the region of 1 million [pounds sterling] in modern currency.
The Chronicle, determined to keep at the forefront of technology, introduced probably the first mechanical typesetting machine
'We had our own typesetting machine
- there was no desktop publishing in those days - and we used to be up 24 hours before we went to press, checking and changing things,' she said.
Strictly speaking, neither the Linotype nor its improved competitor, the Intertype (brought to market about 1915), was a typesetting machine
. Instead of handling individual type, they produce slugs - casts from hot metal injected into brass letter molds (matrices)--of complete lines of raised characters.