The Last Day of Hot Metal Typesetting


Need a mental break?  Take a moment to watch this blast from the past.  If you have never watched newspaper pages being typeset by hand then this should really amaze you.

A film created by Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weiss documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times. This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation. At the end of the film, the new typesetting and photographic production process is shown in contrast to the old ways.

There are interviews with workers at NYT that are for and against the new technology. In fact, one typesetter is retiring on this final day as he does not want to learn the new process and technology.

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Was this process new to you?  Amazed at how far things have rapidly advanced?  This movie is a great peek into how  truly hands on print used to be.

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