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A bit of googling finds this Japanese article, and DeepL does a really impressive English translation, which I am mostly just going to quote, with a bit of corrections. Timeline overview: 1960: prototype of fully automatic SAPTON typesetting machine announced 1962: SAPTON-F numeric-only typesetting machine delivered to Japanse Defence Agency 1965: SAPTON-N ...


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Background In photo typesetting four basic generations can be distinguished Generation (1950s): Modified Linotype style machines. Here the metal matrices were modified to carry a character negative to be projected, but otherwise work like before. Generation (1960s): Purpose build photo typesetting. A smaller examples is the Diatype, but large integrated ...


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