Beautiful Vintage Print Ephemera.

Print Ephemera is generally material designed and printed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets and the like
So, it just wouldn’t be right would it, if the print companies didn’t indulge in a bit of advertising of their companies using high grade ephemera
Here’s some great stuff from years gone by…
Via Sheaff: Ephemera

Thomson Printing Works, UK.

Here’s another lesson in the continuing and forever-expanding series on not judging by appearances: the following terrific images were found in a very tall and slender, stiff and demure 1920’s publication celebrating the Thomson Printing Works of London (and Glasgow, Dundee, and Manchester).
The calf-bound book has the feel of an antique wallet, and even though the binding is sumptuous the cover is imprinted “A memento of a visit to the Thomson Printing Works, Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester”, which made it a rather expensive give-away–if that is so it was probably given only to the special few and not to the great unwashed.
(My copy belonged to H.L. Mencken, who kept it until 1935 when he gave it away).
Anyway Thomson was a busy printing house/publisher, sending out millions of pieces, and the illustrations in the publication gives the reader an idea of the heavy hardware that went into the process.
It is all very impressive. Also the photos of the human aspect of the firm–the crowded work and editorial and etc. rooms–well, it gives you an idea of the closeness and noise of the place as it might have been on a late summer afternoon in 1928.

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Linotype circa. 1889.


Linotype typesetting machine. 19th-century artwork showing a compositor operating a newly invented typesetting machine called the Linotype.
The name arose because it allowed the production of an entire line of type (line o’ type) in one action. This greatly speeded up printing production.
Invented in the 1880s by the German-born American inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899), it was first used in 1884 in the offices of the New York Tribune, and became an industry standard until the development of offset lithography.
Artwork from the 4th volume (second period of 1889) of the French popular science weekly ‘La Science Illustree’.

Grunert was born at Glenelg.

Some critical loudmouths have been questioning the birthplace of our Ian ‘Grunny’ Grunert.
This nonsense so enraged ‘Big Den’ Grover that he has spent weeks trawling the Australian Trove Reference Website for any indication that our Grunny was actually born at all.
At last I am pleased to announce to the World that our best mate Grunny was born at Glenelg (the Bay) on Monday, 4 October, 1954.
Here is my undeniable Proof to the backstabbers.
CaptureBig Den

The Kastenbein Typesetter.

Kastenbein_setting_machineAs we have seen composing type by hand was a very slow but skilled trade.
The machine in this picture was called the Kastenbein Typesetter.
Instead of picking up each tiny letter by hand the typesetter just tapped the letters he wanted, like a typewriter.
A very rudimentary form of typesetting. The machine also sorted out the letters after they had been used, so they could be used again. The Times installed this typesetter in the 1870s.
I would expect that the Kastenbein Typesetter had a short life because the hot metal casting brilliance of the Linotype was set to turn composing on its head.
from Metal Type

The Mystery of the Hot Metal Comp Room.

An absolutely superlative image of the wonders and mystery of a hot metal print comp room.
I say mystery because anyone entering who was unfamiliar with the printing trade would stand in awe and stare.
They would then hear the strange language that these old codgers would be speaking.
Using terms that were alien and unknown and laughing as they spoke and only they understood this “gobbledegook”.
Ah! The Good Old Days!