Compositors’ and Printers’ Handbook 1938

This is a recent acquisition. The pages are yellowed with age and the staples have decomposed but still some fascinating information in here, as well as some brilliant vintage advertising. 

I’m fascinated by the Co-operative Printing Society pushing for the 44 hour week, and also (for reasons of local interest) by the advert for the Lloyd Memorial Seaside Home in Deal. Might do a bit of sleuthing on that one. 

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2 thoughts on “Compositors’ and Printers’ Handbook 1938

  1. Vicki – I recently bought the Tillotsons Type Specimen Book 1952. In addition to the many font faces listed and illustrated there is a treasure trove of historical data included with its covers. It smells a bit (a lot!) of damp but it’s worth enduring for the fascinating content. The 1938 Compositors and Printers Handbook looks as if it’s likely to be another fascinating read. What chance is there of it being scanned to PDF files? Obviously the same would be true for my scanning in the text above.
    We can not do without the hard work of those early letterpress workers, authors – their work needs ‘immortalising’ and adding to our digital libraries.

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for this – and I think you’re right. it is really important that these texts are preserved for the future. Even aside from all the interesting ephemera and advertising there is heaps of useful stuff inside – I’m sure your 1952 book would be likewise. It sounds like a good find!
      I would happily scan the 1938 book to PDF, that’s a great idea. I’m not sure I can post it on here as the site doesn’t allow hosting, but I can probably upload it to some webspace and then post the link.
      I’d definitely be interested in reading yours if you did digitise yours.
      In fact I have a whole pile here that might be worth doing that with, over a period of time.

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