100 Years of Monotype - Milestones
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1897 : The Monotype Corporation was Founded
Based on the invention of Tolbert Lanston's revolutionary hot-metal type
composing machine, The Monotype Corporation was founded in England in 1897.
The mechanized Monotype typesetting system, which includes the ingenious Monotype keyboard and typecasting machine, provides major advantages
over other typesetting systems of the day.
Early 1900s : Monotype was at the Forefront of
Type Design & Development
Monotype continued to make history
throughout the early
1900s with its world-famous type development program.
It began with the creation of the
world's first original, high-quality type design for mechanical composition in
1912, Imprint, and
continued under the leadership of Stanley Morison
(pictured) with such
important contributions to contemporary type design
as Plantin, Baskerville, Bembo, Gill Sans,
and the original
Times New Roman.
1955 : Monotype Invented the Monophoto
Monotype continued to expand its
library of quality typeface designs throughout the twentieth century while also
improving the typesetting
process with the invention of Monophoto Filmsetter, a
allowed type to be composed using photosensitive paper instead
of hot metal.
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