As part of its Cleveland Works exhibit on 19th and early 20th century industrialization, the Museum Center at Five Points will be screening “Linotype: The Movie” on Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. Admission is free for members, and regular for nonmembers.
A feature-length documentary, “Linotype” focuses on the Linotype typecasting machine, which was used by local industries to create advertising posters for reaching larger audiences more quickly. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, the Linotype revolutionized printing — and society — in the late-1800s through mid-1900s.
The movie tells the personal, engaging stories of Linotype operators, and discusses the current relevance of Linotypes in a new age of instant communication.
“At the turn of the last century, Linotypes were as revolutionary to advertising and communication as the Internet has been for our generation,” said Museum Center Executive Director Hassan Najjar.
“This film tells the fascinating story of the Linotype’s impact on industry and culture. Before viewing the film, visitors are invited to see an actual Linotype on display in the Cleveland Works exhibit,” said Curator of Collections Lisa Chastain. “This artifact was used by Cleveland’s White Wing Publishing. Visitors may be surprised by just how large and heavy the machine is!”
The exhibit and film screening are sponsored by Bank of Cleveland. The Museum Center at Five Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture and preservation.
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