Sepia Saturday

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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.


1918, from a book on industrial education


1920 From a book on Canadian printers and printing


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


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!



  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?



  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!



  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.”



  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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