The Bauer Type Foundry, founded in 1837, celebrated their 100 year anniversary with the release of this beautifully illustrated “Bauer’s Family Tree of Printing.” The company designed linotype typefaces for letterpress printers, so their designs dictated the font of media text centuries ago. [Read more...]
This vintage footage shows the process of printing a book the old fashioned way, with lots and lots of labor. The number of steps to create a book in 1947 is jaw dropping. Typesetting, copper plate making, printing, cutting, sewing, gluing and more were all part of the process, providing jobs for a large staff of skilled workers… and some that clearly want to cut their fingers off (see the guy using the table saw at 4:20). The sheer about of labor involved in this past era makes us question what caries more importance: jobs or the convenience of the modern eBook?