I Love Typography

Printing — how it used to be

Just discovered this wonderful little gem from a post on TYPO-L (ATypI). It’s from a series of films produced by Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc. Enjoy!

Thus press work is particularly fitted for young men who like to work with machines…. Work conditions are generally satisfactory, as are housing, hygiene, and hours.

Fancy a change of career?

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v16745488GpXEWg2Q

Via archive.org


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  1. Lest we forget.

  2. I’m a printer myself (lithography), it’s allways a pleasure to see those process. I’d love to get a small letterpress, but well, no time to exploit it.

  3. Linotype really does look like hell.

  4. Fantastic, I am spending next week working on a manual letterpress, this was a great video to watch in advance. :)

    Thanks

  5. Youssef
    Be sure to post some photos of that.

  6. yup, really cool. work was hard and interesting in those days. :)

  7. Thomas Vanhuyse

    We have some of those machines (the smaller ones) at school, including a Linotype, but they haven’t been used in probably a couple decades unfortunately. One of the elder teachers showed us around once, and gave a small demonstration on how to correctly set text and how to use the machines. Was one of my favourite hours in school last year, really interesting!
    It’s great to see these machines in action, thanks!

  8. Thank you!

  9. Wow, sometimes the older things are the better ones, Nice find.

  10. So nostalgic.

  11. Ah, those were the days!

    Thanks for sharing that gem with us Johno and good luck Youssef; with your foray into the wonderful world of letterpress.

  12. so refreshing to see it now | its still apt :)

  13. really cool stuff

  14. Excellent !!!

  15. Wow. I love this Video and think back to the Videopost 4 Months ago.
    Typesetting, from where do you get this things.

    http://vimeo.com/1459865

  16. Wayzgoose

    I’m almost shy to post this, but so much nostalgia!
    I started my apprenticeship as a compositor in 1955, and can confirm that the industry then was exactly like the film. What a pity aspiring designers cannot get hands on experience with setting metal type as shown in the film. I am sure it would help restrain the awful habit of changing faces, size and founts on a single page. Not to mention much better use of white space. Whereas in the “olden days” it could take twenty minutes to change one parameter, now it is a millisecond.
    I shall now retire to the back of my study for fear of an exploding computer.

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