La Lumitype-Photon: René Higonnet, Louis Moyroud et L'Invention de la Photocomposition Moderne.

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Creator

Alan Marshall (b. 1949), editor

Title

La Lumitype-Photon: René Higonnet, Louis Moyroud et L'Invention de la Photocomposition Moderne.

Publisher

Musée de l’imprimerie et de la banque

Date

1995

Coverage

Lyons

Subject

Octavo

Description

Much of the technology Gutenberg developed for replicating texts remained unchanged for almost 500 years. But things were bound to change. Phototype, whereby letters were generated photographically, became practical for large-scale commercial use around mid-century.

The first patent for photocomposition dates back to 1896, but that patent did not result in a commercially viable product. Advances were made throughout the twentieth century, but it was only with the Lumitype machine of 1944 that a text composition device became accepted to any extent by industry. Within a few decades digital type would completely eclipse phototype composition.

Relation

LENDER: Jerry Kelly