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8th Feb 2016

Powerful packaging

If you are over a certain age, you may remember the lines: “High o’er the fence leaps Sunny Jim, Force is the food that raises him”.

11th Jan 2016

Jubilee printing

2002 was the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. Such milestones have always been marked by celebrations big and small, corporate and private that generate a range of memorabilia that reflect the diversity of the nation.

14th Dec 2015

Printing with passion

‘Progress is alright only it goes on too long’ is a sentiment probably shared by many who have experienced the huge changes in the printing industry over the last few years.

16th Nov 2015

Printing in the Salvation Army

Every Saturday, a woman dressed in a bonnet and dark blue uniform rattles a collection box and distributes newspapers in my local shopping precinct. At Christmas she is joined by a brass band in rousing the festive spirit amongst busy shoppers. They are all members of the Salvation Army, an institution that has been a part of British life for more than 130 years.

12th Oct 2015

A Rough Guide to Printer’s Europe

Printing offices of the not-so-distant past were alive with the noisy mutterings of temperamental thousand-parted survivals from the golden age of machinery; today these have been replaced by near slient digital presses and gently humming computer screens.

14th Sep 2015

Printing in the First World War

2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and across the country many events are taking place to commemorate the occasion.

24th Aug 2015

Old type body sizes

Before the point system was invented, typefaces of particular sizes were given names that were derived from the jobs they were most frequently used on.

17th Aug 2015

The Koenig and Bauer steam press

We live in a high-tempo world, which demands information in volume and delivered at speed.

17th Aug 2015

Tying up a job

Tying up a page of metal type was no simple operation for the compositor. It required precision, care and lots of practice.

11th Aug 2013

Collotype

Collotype was based on a French discovery in 1855, and was in full commercial use by the 1870s.

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