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Artifact no.
1978.0969.001
Model
LINOTYPE COMET 300
Manufacturer
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE
Manufacturer Location
New york, New york, United States of America
Manufactured Date
Circa 1955 - 1959
Context Function
AS DIRECTED BY A MANUALLY OPERAED KEYBOARD OR A PERFORATED PAPER TAPE, THE MACHINE AUTOMATICALLY ASSEMBLES & JUSTIFIES INDIVIDUAL MATRICES, CASTS A SOLID LINE OF TYPE FROM THEM, & RE-DISTRIBUTES THE MATRICES
Context Technical
USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A JUSTAPE & PERFORATOR, THIS SYSTEM WAS A TRANSITIONAL STAGE BETWEEN FULLY MANUAL & FULLY ELECTRONIC TYPE- SETTERS, IT ALSO ALLOWED FOR A GRADUALCHANGEOVER TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN MANY PRINTING SHOPS/ COMET WAS THE FIRST LINOTYPE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR HIGH SPEED TAPE OPERATION
Description
METAL/ SYNTHETIC/ LEATHER
Number of Parts
1
Serial Number
3256
Artifact Finish
PAINTED BLACK, SILVER-COLOURED WORKING PTS & HARDWARE, KEYS BLACK, CREAM & BLUE
Artifact Markings
MFR'S PLATES 'TRADE MARK/ LINOTYPE/ COMET 300/ MADE IN/ U.S.A.', 'LINOTYPE/ MODEL COMET NO. 3256/ MANUFACTURED BY/ MERGENTHALER LINO TYPE CO./ NEW YORK, U.S.A./ ORIGINATORS AND IMPROVERS/ OF THE LINOTYPE', 'MOLD/ 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6', 'CLEAN/ SPACEBANDS/ TWICE DAILY'/ 'FAIRCHILD/ GRAPHIC EQUIPMENT/ TELETYPE [ILLEGIBLE]'/ 'MICRO-THERM ELECTRIC POT/ MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO./ NEW YORK, U.S.A./ SERIAL 50[1]44 WATTS 2800/ VOLTS 200-220 CYCLES AC TYPE [G]', `MICRO-THERM/ CRUCIBLE CONTROL/ SERIAL D17261/ WATTS 2800 CYCLES 5060/ VOLTS 200-250 TYPE C5/ MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO./ BROOKLYN, N.Y., U.S.A.'
Artifact Missing
From CA of 01/18/1995 by Tony Missio: Undetermined
Group 1
Printing
Category 1
Typesetting
Subcategory 1
Mechanical
Group 2
Communications
Category 2
Telegraphy
Material
metal->;synthetic->;skin->leather
Length
174.0 cm
Width
156.0 cm