Linotype had several subsidiary companies, including one in Germany. During the years, they built several models. An overview is found below.

Model 1

The model 1 is a machine with one magazine and one distributor.

Model 2 Simplex

A Linotype model 2

Model 4

The model 4 is called a Simplex-Ideal-machine. It has shorter magazines, which could only contain up to 15 matrices per channel.

A Linotype model 4

Model 4a

The model 4a is identical to the model 4, but has two magazines.

Model 5

The model 5 has two magazines and two distributors.

A Linotype model 5

Model 8

The model 8 has three magazines and one distributor. It could be purchased as a one-magazine machine and extended later on.

A Linotype model 8

Model 10

The model 10 has four magazines and four distributors.

Model 10a

A Linotype model 10a

Model 11

The model 11 is identical to the model 10, with the exception of the lower two magazines. Those only had 68 channels for larger type sizes.

Model 12

The model 12 is identical to the model 5, but is equipped with two side magazines.

Model 13

The model 13 is identical to the model 4a, but is equipped with larger main magazines. Those magazines contain 124 channels to limit the use of the hand matrices. The keyboard is also exteded with 34 additional keys.

Zwei-in-Einer-Linotype, model 4b

The Zwei-in-Einer-Linotype, model 4b is identical to the model 4a, but is equipped with three main magazines, which are also extra large. Those magazines contain 124 channels. The last 34 channels are spaced more widely, to maintain thicker matrices with larger type sizes. For this reason, the machine could be used for both regular work and the advertising industry.


This Linotype-Universell has little in common with the other Linotypes. Matrices are inserted by hand. The machine has the same purpose as the All-Purpose-Linotype from the American models.

Model 16

The model 16 is an extended model 8, it has four magazines. Those magazines can maintain martices up to a type size of 60 point.

Model 18

A Linotype model 18

Model 20

A Linotype model 20


A Linotype Elektron


  1. ABEL, O.R., & STRAW, W.A. (1956). Mechanism of the Linotype and Intertype. Brookings Lebawarts Press: South Dakota.
  2. DE JONG I.C.H. (1947). Handboek voor den lino en intertypezetter (manual for the Linotype and Intertype operator).

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