1967 – Diatronic & Linotron 1010

In 1967 Berthold introduces its Diatronic phototypesetting system, shown to the left below. It combines a keyboard, computer and opto-mechanical imaging unit. Above the keyboard is a single line screen on which the operator can see the most recently typed characters. The unit can hold up to 8 typefaces. To the right is an example of such a typeface plate which contains 126 characters. The optical system can project these typefaces onto the photo paper in sizes from 6 to 20 points. There are elaborate options to create complex tables. The typesetter is the first one that can also output horizontal and vertical lines.

Berthold Diatronic

That same year Mergenthaler Linotype introduces a CRT typesetter, the Linotron 1010, which is developed in conjunction with CBS Laboratories. It can output up to 15 million characters per hour and is used at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington.

Océ enters the office printing market with an electro-photographic process for copying documents using a special chemically-treated type of paper.

ISBN is started in Britain. The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric identifier for commercial books.

The drupa trade show continues to expand with 267 additional exhibitors. Stackers get special attention during this edition. Koenig & Bauer show off their new Rapida offset presses while the Kombi-Chromagraph CT288 from Hell can combine scans of text and images on a film.

German typographer and designer Jan Tschichold creates Sabon. It is released jointly by the Linotype, Monotype, and Stempel type foundries.
Sabon typeface example

Another typeface released that year is Serifa, a slab serif typeface created by Adrian Frutiger. Its design is based on Univers.

Serifa typeface example


These are some important or remarkable events from 1967:

  • Louis Leakey announces the discovery of pre-human fossils in Kenya.
  • All over the US large demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War.
  • The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the unofficial  ‘Soundtrack of the Summer of Love’.
  • Israel takes on the allied armies of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Iraq in the Six-Day War.
  • The first pulsar, a highly magnetized rotating star,  is discovered.

<1966 – 1968>

20 May 2017

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