Where beautiful photography and typography meet

There is so much that is fabulous about this photograph of a typesetting operation, taken in 1910.  Here is the unzoomed version.

And finally, in that one image, it shows how media has changed.  The amount of labour taken to create a publication used to be vast, yet the commercial model worked.  Today, the amount of labour is hugely reduced, yet the commercial model is proving difficult to justify.

My grandfather, who I barely remember but who I credit for my love of type, worked as a typesetter.  Thank you, grandpa.

I could study this photo for hours.  Hat-tip to Ben for making me aware of this.

By Dan on 8 May, 2010 · Posted in General

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AA says:

But Ronaldson does appear to have been now digitized:


Posted on May 9th, 2010


Interesting photo. I note it does not state its country but judging by the various races to be seen in the main group I would guess USA. I also like the do not spit on the floor sign right next to a sink with a shared cup to drink out of. Nice

Posted on May 9th, 2010

Dan says:

It’s a government printing office in Washington DC.

Posted on May 9th, 2010

Mum says:

Thanks for thinking of Grandpa!

Posted on May 12th, 2010