In the picture , Jim Wardrop demonstrates how a linotype machine
works.The pupils who took part were Mary Morton, Angela McIlwraith, Heather White, Callum McKenzie, Charles Nicol, David Munro,Thomas Clark, Iain Jones, Robert Anderson, Ian Linton and Gary Barnes.
Coming of age as a reporter in the post-Watergate era there were several things the old-timers did not like about us kids: we had never used a linotype machine
, we drank water not whiskey, and we each knew how to send a Freedom of Information Act letter demanding documents from the government.
Several prized artefacts have already been contributed, including an antique Columbian printing press and a linotype machine
currently situated in the old Liverpool ECHO building in Old Hall Street, close to our new offices at 5, St Paul's Square.
Caption: Detail of a Mold Wheel in a diagram of the workings of a Linotype machine
from Theodore Low De Vinne's The Practice of Typography: Modern Methods of Book Composition (New York: The Century Co., 1904) 406.
Siraj Wahab Abdul Jabbar Hussain Dawood, left, and his former colleagues, Abdul Mateen Munshi, center, and Syed Ather Ali, with a Linotype machine
. This photo was taken in April 2005.
In the nineteenth century, the Linotype machine
replaced hand-set type in newspaper composing rooms, enabling publishers to print more pages at lower labor costs.
Before the linotype machine
was invented in the late 19th century, printers laboriously grabbed one letter at a time, lining the type up backwards and upside down.
As neurologist Robert Burton said in a recent interview in Salon, we have become so enamored of the data delivered by our increasingly sophisticated machines that we think we are making great leaps in understanding the brain, but "[i]mproving our technologies without an accompanying breakthrough in thinking about the brain-mind connection is equivalent to upgrading a linotype machine
to the world's greatest printer without having something to say." When it comes to brain science, we lack, in Burton's words a, "great underlying new idea or intuition." This deficit of ambition is particularly noticeable in Fernyhough's case, because he, like James, is a polymath, splitting his time between psychology and fiction writing.
Make this a sequel to my July 27 column, a recollection of the people who saw the end of linotype machine
printing in Webster, and the facility that housed them.
He added: "It was not unusual for him to attend a council meeting late on Thursday night, go straight to the printing works, write his report directly on a linotype machine
, print the paper and deliver it to the newsagents himself the next morning."
Publishing took a giant leap forward in the 15th century when Gutenberg invented moveable type and produced his Bible, and from then until Ottmar Mergenthaler invented a linotype machine
in 1886 much was unchanged.
My mate's father was in charge of the printing press room, a Mr Davis, and his uncle was on a linotype machine
. Mrs Pane would be dishing out piles of papers to those who were selling them in the town.