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    Belgian refugee women use lathes to make ammunition casings at the Belgian Munition Works in London. 1918.
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    Composing room of the New York Times newspaper. 1942.

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    Casual attire, typesetters, and near-certainty of seating by W.H. Gunlocke Chair Co.
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    Linotypes, I"m guessing, based on my fading memories of using one in HS (when our local newspaper plant went to phototypesetting in the early 70's they dump, err, I mean "gifted" their Linotype machines to the local school districts for their printshop classes. Fun to work with. For years our HS newspaper was typeset on a couple of 'em.

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    Yes, correct name of process patented as Linotype......aka hot type. Harder than pure lead, mostly alloyed with tin and antimony. Treasured by cast bullet shooters worldwide.

    Linotype (trademark), typesetting machine by which characters are cast in type metal as a complete line rather than as individual characters as on the Monotype typesetting machine. It was patented in the United States in 1884 by Ottmar Mergenthaler.
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    "Farewell ETAOIN SHRDLU, 1978"
    A movie about the LAST New York Time edition printed using Linotype.
    Gorgeous movie, but sad.

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    Unbelievably loud. All day long in front of a BANG BANG BANG machine. A job for the deaf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesWaugh View Post
    "Farewell ETAOIN SHRDLU, 1978"
    A movie about the LAST New York Time edition printed using Linotype.
    Gorgeous movie, but sad.

    https://vimeo.com/127605643
    I remember that, from way back. I'm going to record and preserve a copy now, to trump my position in any argument about progress. It was presented a couple years after I entered the trade [machine tools].
    I wondered, will that happen to me?
    Though good as that is, this I still find even more gut-wrenching, literally. The opening scene of "Seabiscuit" [2003] they set up the era via early Ford T cars and the bigger impact of assembly lines. A few pictures of cars and motorists, and this is the voice over;

    They called it the car for every man. Henry Ford himself called it a car for the great multitude. It was functional, and simple, like your sewing machine, or your cast-iron stove.
    You could learn to drive it in less than a day. And you could get any color you wanted, so long as it was black.
    When Ford first conceived the Model-T, it took thirteen hours to assemble. Within five years he was turning out a vehicle every ninety seconds. Of course the real invention was the assembly line that built it.
    Pretty soon other businesses had borrowed the same technologies. Seamstresses became button sewers. Furniture makers became knob turners.
    It was the beginning and the end of imagination, all at the same time.


    I've taken a little license with the format, to emphasize phrases, but altered the lines in no way. I may be an amateur film student, IMDB is my first source of information regarding anything related to motion pictures
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    Coal trimmers bunkering an ocean liner in the port of Hoboken, NJ, circa 1908.
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    'Coal trimmers bunkering an ocean liner '

    The Coal Trimmers kept the ship trimmed. Who knew?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_trimmer
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