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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”.
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.
‘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.
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.
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with the noisy mutterings of temperamental thousand-parted survivals from the golden age of machinery; today these have been replaced by near slient digital presses and gently humming computer screens.
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.
We live in a high-tempo world, which demands information in volume and delivered at speed.
For some people their job is also their passion. Printing is a job that often becomes compulsive and people pursue their obsession enthusiastically and even when on vacation they just can’t quite seem to get it out of their system. So if you are typophile holidaying in northern Europe this summer, here are a few printing must-sees.
The relationship between author and printer is often vexed, but more often apathetic. The average author knows little about the printing process and is simply motivated by their desire to see their text reproduced: it is not the printing but the getting into print that matters.
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