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Mergenthaler House

 
 
Mergenthaler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 24, 2008
1. Mergenthaler House Marker
Inscription. From 1894 to 1899, this house was the residence of Ottmar Mergenthaler, a German immigrant who revolutionized the art of printing with his invention of the Linotype. Previously a typesetter searched for a single character, then placed it in a line for printing; Mergenthalerís machine enabled him to assemble and cast an entire line of type in a matter of seconds.

His machine was patented in 1884, but his first commercial demonstraion did not occur until two years later in the composing room of the New York Tribune.

By 1900, there were 8,000 linotype machines in newspaper plants across the nation; by 1970, there were more than 200,000 worldwide. It has been estimated that until the recent developments in cold type processes, the Linotype machine, or its descendants, set 80% of all the text read in the world.

The Mergenthaler House was built in 1874-1875 by Joseph S. Hopkins, nephew of the noted philanthropist, Johns Hopkins.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Printing Industries of Maryland, Inc., sponsor, and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.367′ N, 76° 37.372′ 
Mergenthaler House image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 24, 2008
2. Mergenthaler House
The marker is just to the right of the front door.
W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Lanvale Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ernest Stebbins, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); F. Scott Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker); Edith Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Charles Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); William Edwards Stevenson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florence Rena Sabin, M.D. (about 300 feet away); Hugh Lennox Bond (about 400 feet away); Jesse Lazear, M.D. (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This link is to a marker for a Linotype at the Washington Post.
 
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Mergenthaler House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 11, 2015
3. Mergenthaler House Marker
Mergenthaler House image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 24, 2008
4. Mergenthaler House
Mergenthaler demonstrates linotype to publisher of New York Tribune image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 11, 2015
5. Mergenthaler demonstrates linotype to publisher of New York Tribune
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
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