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 Film Setter

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 technology which allowed type to be composed using photosensitive paper instead of hot metal.




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