The Ludlow Typograph Company was founded in 1906 in Chicago, USA, by William I. Ludlow, and machinist William A. Reade. It manufactured the Ludlow Typograph, a hot metal typesetter that cast bars of type from hand-assembled lines of brass letters.
Ludlow created a series of proprietary typefaces under the management of Robert Hunter Middleton. Other notable designers included Robert Wiebking, Douglas Crawford McMurtrie, and Hermann Zapf whose Optima and Palatino were among the last faces cut for Ludlow.
Ludlow ceased operation in the late 1980s.