[EXTERNAL] Re: Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu

rar rar at syssrc.com
Fri Jun 19 13:06:38 CDT 2020

We have a working Linotype at the System Source Computer Museum in Hunt Valley Maryland.
Open now only by appointment with a maximum of two masked visitors due to COVID


Bob Roswell

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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu

On 6/17/20 1:27 PM, Paul Koning via cctalk wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2020, at 3:25 PM, Liam Proven via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> https://archive.org/details/FarewellEtaoinShrdlu
>> 28min documentary on the last ever edition of the NY Times to be 
>> printed using hot metal -- before they switched to what are now a 
>> quite choice assortment of late-'70s minicomputers. I think I spotted 
>> a PDP, a Data General and some IBM device, but I am no expert in this 
>> era.
>> As a veteran reader of Fredric Brown, especially "the Enchanted 
>> Linotype", I have been using ETAOIN SHRDLU to win at Hangman for many 
>> years... but I'd never seen one working before. It all still seems 
>> like magic to me.
> They should be fairly easy to find in printing musea.

A friend of mine who was in Seattle collected this stuff. He had a couple Linotype/Intertype machines, a press, and lots and lots of magazines of type. It was set up in his garage and he would give demos of it in action. It was interesting how it worked. Unfortunately, he had to move out of the area for work and moving that stuff to another state was not feasible, so another local collector got it all.

There was another documentary on them, Linotype: The Film (https://linotypefilm.com).


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