Video: Moveable type

Some things are meant to be easily moved. And some things are not. In the latter group, the 3,000-pound-plus Linotype hot metal typesetting machine that sat for decades in front of the Rappahannock News office on Main Street.

When this newspaper relocated down the block to 309 Jett St., the Linotype remained at our former building until a space in the yard was prepared to be its new home. Last Thursday was moving day. Bruce Critzer and his crew skillfully transported the metal beast one block down Main Street.

As Critzer’s Bobcat carried the machine down the street, onlookers (including Mayor John Sullivan and White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo) followed the spectacle. Thankfully, the move went smoothly and our Linotype now sits proudly in its new home.

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