Early edition


Modern newspapers have almost become a thing of the past, but on a recent tour of the Mackenzie House, I got to see a demonstration of old-timey printing. It was a long and laborious process, but very interesting to see and learn about. For example, this scene with the animals would be used to illustrate stories, but it had to be molded in the negative. You can see the mold right above it. I'm not sure I'd be able to think backwards like that and I'm impressed that those artisans could!

20 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime bien ces vieux journaux et imprimerie

Paul in Powell River said...

Very nice, I'd like to see that myself. Certainly one of the more colourful characters in our history, was Mr Mackenzie.

cieldequimper said...

Et que dire de l'invention de l'imprimerie alors !

J'adore cette photo et l'atmosphère qui s'en dégage !

Hilda said...

Both my husband and I would have enjoyed this immensely. We were both typographers in another lifetime and it is still a passion.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very very very interesting, I like a lot the animals illustration, it's wonderful!
Léia

Jim Klenke said...

With so much work that went into creating those images I wonder if they used them more than once.

Halcyon said...

@Jim - they were expensive, so the papers would use them multiple times. They would pick scenes that fit the tone and subject of their paper. This one was for farmers.

SRQ said...

Interesting. I wonder what they would think of electronic newspapers nowadays.

Tanya said...

i know, it's quite impressive isn't it? i want to refinish my coffee table and it will involve a transfer and i'm confused over the reverse process lol....i know it's not very green of me but i still prefer a real newspaper to reading online. same with books.

Lowell said...

Very fascinating. Lois worked for a small newspaper for awhile in Pennsylvania back in the early 70s. Things have really changed since then, too.

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Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» has two uncles who are printers, both of whom learned their trade in a old-time print shop where the lead was melted and poured into the molds that you show. «Louis» remembers this from when he was a little boy. There was also a machine that cast the type for setting the pages for the newspaper.

RedPat said...

Nice post - another place i have never been!

David Thomas said...

Im sure it required a lot of patience to do this. That is one thing that has not changed much with blogging. . .

JM said...

This is wonderful!

VP said...

Then even the simpler images required consummate artists...

NixBlog said...

What a beautiful shot! It really complements the subject matter well and has that patina of time...

Regina K said...

Wonderful image, sounds like an interesting place.

Jack said...

I have seen exhibitions of manual typesetting at Williamsburg and Old Sturbridge Village. Lost of work! Your composition here is very good.

Randy said...

What a great thing to see. Thanks for sharing.

Virginia said...

What a beautiful composition and lighting here.
V

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