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Hot Metal Type

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Lines of type, made by a Linotype machine, and ready to be used in printing. The text is actually a list of people’s names, if you were wondering. The lines going vertically in each line are the result of “space bands” used to even out the widths of the lines. Note, too, that to make the lines properly spaced apart one might insert thin strips of metal (usually lead) between them, hence the term leading for the act of spacing out the lines.

Photograph taken at Coach House Press, in Toronto, with kind permission of Stan Bevington, the proprietor.


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Casio Computer Co., Ltd EX-Z4
Lens: Fixed
Focal Length: 5.8mm
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/2.6
Exposure Time: 0.02 seconds
Exposure Program: Program AE
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Date: 2004:07:22 16:44:11


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