Linotype Drawings at the MOP from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

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Come and see us at the Grand Designs Live show in London next month




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ETSY Store now open!

We are pleased to announce that a selection of drawings are now available to purchase direct from our ETSY store.


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Current availability of drawings

Drawings are available to purchase from the following locations:


Sunbury antiques fair.


Altrincham market, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

We have recently visited several design related companies in the North West after requests were made in regards to purchasing drawings, if you have five or more members of staff wishing to purchase please contact us directly.

We also hope to have some drawings available via ETSY very soon.

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ETSY store opening soon

Original drawings will soon be available to buy online through our ETSY store

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Antiques Roadshow

We’re delighted to have exhibited some of the drawings on the Antiques roadshow this evening.

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Trevor Johnson contacted us in response to the article

Today I was amazed to see an article in the Sale & Altrincham Messenger about font drawings being found in a cabinet at the old Linotype factory. I was employed at Linotype & Machinery from 1963 to 1974 as an apprentice and spent several years in the Type Drawing Office, then on the top floor of what was the 1947 new building.

Happy memories of a time spent learning about typefaces and the production of printed matter. I remember the “new type face” Helvetica being produced in the late 60′s under the watchful eye of chief design draughtsman Walter Tracey from the London Office. We were also involved in producing typefaces  for the Arabic speaking countries of Africa and the Near Eastern Countries.

Thank you so much for contacting us and adding to the history.

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We’re making news!

An article about our archive has been published this morning in the Manchester Evening News and The Sale & Altrincham Messenger

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University of Reading to host the digital archive

URTypography & Graphic Communication

The Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading University has world-class collections on typography and typeface design. These are used for teaching and research at all levels, from undergraduate through MA programmes, to PhD and staff-led research. The Department’s collections include a substantial archive of type drawings from Linotype covering the hot-metal, phototypesetting, and early digital period. The digital scans of the Linotype & Machinery drawings in the collection of The Font Archive contribute significantly to the resources we provide our students for the study of typeface design, and support research at a range of levels.




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More history

Gordon Dennison contacted us this morning with a piece of history regarding his time with the company, thank you so much for getting in touch.

I served a six year Engineering Apprenticeship with Linotype commencing in 1946.  The excellent training started in the drawing office, followed by three years of six-monthly periods in major sections of the factory (Tool room, foundry, pattern shop, etc.)  and finishing as a draughtsman back in the drawing office. The design manager at the time was a first class individual, Albert Edwards and his close friend was Eric Wild. Sadly, Albert fell from his perch many years ago, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Eric is still in the Altrincham area. During the war, Eric was a flying-boat pilot and encouraged me to join the RAF when I was called for National Service shortly after completing my apprenticeship. I was fortunate to obtain a flying commission and undertook flying training in Winnipeg. During a vacation I travelled round the USA and was quite proud to see a Linotype printing machine displayed in the Coit Tower at San Francisco. (Still there)

I had so much fun in aviation that I did not return to engineering, but after twelve years RAF flying I went into civil aviation and finished my career with fifteen years as the MD of a UK Regional Airport. I have always been grateful for the superb training provided by Linotype and have many happy memories of my years there. It was very sad when the Company was overtaken by new technology and closed down.


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