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Chase letterpress

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Erin Beckloff checks in for the next installment of her series on Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.

Erin Beckloff checks in for the next installment of her series on Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.

Imagine a gas powered desktop publishing system that weighed several tons, leaked oil, had thousands of moving parts, its own boiler full of molten lead and a keyboard where you couldn’t see what you had typed.

These were the machines that laid out the pages of newspapers till the 80s, and to give some idea of how recent this technology was used, they were manufactured until after the release of the Apple computer. Linotype had a virtual monopoly on the typesetting of newspapers for a…

Imagine a gas powered desktop publishing system that weighed several tons, leaked oil, had thousands of moving parts, its own boiler full of molten lead and a keyboard where you couldn’t see what you had typed. These were the machines that laid out the pages of newspapers till the 80s, and to give some idea of how recent this technology was used, they were manufactured until after the release of the Apple computer. Linotype had a virtual monopoly on the typesetting of newspapers for a…

Old letter press

Old letter press

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