Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899). In this
woodcut we see Whitelaw Reid, Mergenthaler's chief financial backer and
owner of the New York Tribune, saying to Mergenthaler, "Ottmar,
you have just set a line o type" and thus his machine became the
Linotype. The year was 1886 and success was immediate. Linotype linecasting
machines dominated the typesetting industry for almost a century.