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I wasn’t sure what this week’s prompt picture depicted till I read the description. It’s a typesetter at work. So I decided to look for printing devices and a printer at work on Flickr Commons. All the images I’ve used come from the Internet Archives’ Flickr Commons collection. For more Sepia Saturday photos, you’ll find links to several here.

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1918, from a book on industrial education

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1920 From a book on Canadian printers and printing

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Circa 1920, from a book on preventative medicine. Go figure.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Gould
    May 14, 2016 @ 09:46:31

    The linotype was an absolutely incredible machine…and your first illustration makes that clear! Wow — such engineering!

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  2. hmchargue
    May 14, 2016 @ 09:51:31

    The 1918 contraption is fascinating. It would be interesting to see it in operation.
    Preventative medicine? Carpo tunnel syndrome?

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  3. La Nightingail
    May 14, 2016 @ 12:40:22

    I watched a couple of videos showing how the Linotype machine worked. I didn’t understand them very well. That could be because for some reason my computer stopped allowing the sound accompanying videos? I’ll have to call our go-to guy to see if he can help me fix that. No, it was the written word of someone who had watched a Linotype machine in action in person that helped me understand what it did. But the Linotype machine looks incredibly complicated & I can only wonder at the intelligence of the watchmaker who designed it!

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  4. Tattered and Lost
    May 16, 2016 @ 00:14:09

    I can remember being at printers where the press was as long, if not longer, than a steam engine. Huge black things. Until you’ve been at a press check and told the guy with the ink on his hands what you want you really haven’t experienced power. “Yeah, it looks okay, but I think we should take the magenta down a bit.”

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  5. Joan
    May 16, 2016 @ 13:11:18

    my morning just slipped away — google is such a great friend. Videos, old documents, state supreme court cases , and finally I had to say enough is enough — and it started with that first photo in this post.

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