The Press: No Hands

Typesetters used to assure gullible visitors to the composing room that twelve men went crazy before the Linotype machine was perfected. Last week a Florida weekly had a printing process so simple that any girl who could chew gum and pound a typewriter could easily master it. For three months, the Leesburg Commercial & Ledger had been printed from engraved magnesium plates, without the use of linotypers, compositors or stereotypers.

Instead of typesetters the paper employed typists, using special proportional spacing typewriters which made all lines come out even. Typed copy, pictures and...

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