Burleson Linotype Restoration Pictures
By Robert Griffith, February 2009

The Linotype and other equipment in 2000 or 2001
after being moved to the old city service center.
Photo Courtesy Michael H. Beard

July 14, 2005

July 19, 2005

July 19, 2005

January 27, 2006
City of Burleson employees stepped in to help, moving the Linotype
to a spacious workshop on the property, where it remains today.

April 12, 2006
Work began on March 1, 2006. Though rusted, many gears had been
preserved by grease. Surfaces were scrubbed with wire brushes,
steel wool, and "plumber's tape," but no electric tools have been
used except for a reciprocating saw. Pictured is Robert Griffith.

August 12, 2006
Dan Williams, a fourth-generation printer from Houston, responded to Robert Griffith's
call for help. Dan has been invaluable, making three trips to Burleson specifically to
to work on the Linotype. He even took the keyboard back to Houston and rebuilt it over
nine months. Dan volunteers with the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas.

July 4, 2007
The same keyboard after an extensive reconstruction by Dan Williams.

July 4, 2007
Hundreds of parts of the Linotype, like the escapement rods
seen here, required extensive scrubbing. Soaked first in
kerosene or another cleaner, they are then rubbed with steel
wool or a brass brush to remove rust, paint, and dirt.

August 5, 2007
The Linotype after sixteen months' work.

September 1, 2007
The Linotype after seventeen months' work.

March 26, 2008
Les Todd, the first to step forward to help Robert Griffith
work on the Linotype, poses in front of the machine. Les
climbed a step-ladder and removed two bolts holding in the
80-lb. distributor on top of the Linotype.

April 19, 2008
Linotype Instruction Book is one of the
best resources I have had restoring the
Linotype. Here, it is opened to a page
showing how many thousands of an inch a
part needs to be calibrated!

The Linotype in Action

April 19, 2008

To date, the restoration has been supported by Robert Griffith, his mother Michelle Mercer Griffith, Dan Williams, Walter Moten, Les Todd, Gary Haas, Tim Coursey, Doris Jo Haas, and former Burleson Mayor Rick Roper. Additional thanks is owed to the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Warren Gailbreath, Jr., Michael H. Beard, Alicia Deering Duvall, Dr. Bill Deering, and the late Dr. Sharian Deering.

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