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When the world had no inkjets

This was how things were printed back in the days before computers changed the world. The dad of a friend of mine at school had a small printing press in his garden shed. I have no idea why as he sold tractors for a living 

 

When the world had no inkjets

This was how things were printed back in the days before computers changed the world. The dad of a friend of mine at school had a small printing press in his garden shed. I have no idea why as he sold tractors for a living 

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2014, 01:23
Straight out of a 1950's Western Fillum, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Indeed Ray. Did you ever wonder how many of the cowboys could actually read?
Amazing isn't it!! Great shot - where'd you find this?
Bill Phillips: It is at Blists Hill Victorian Town Museum at Ironbridge E.
It definitely blows the mind, Bill, like when computers filled up an entire room and used punch cards!
Bill Phillips: I remember that well Ginnie. hen I started work at ICI the Computer occupied most of the ground floor and was an air conditioned sanctum that us mere mortals were not allowed to enter!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2014, 06:53
Both my grandfather and my brother were typographer and even my granddad was a bookbinder.
I love the smell of ink. In some way it is a shame that this professions dies.
Bill Phillips: It is a shame. chad's book was made by traditional methods I believe. Kathryn's ex Jason was a printer at one time as was his dad.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2014, 06:54
Great shot BTW.....
Bill Phillips: Thank you Lady P
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:06
This must have been very hard, detailed work, Bill
Bill Phillips: Most people these days would struggle as there is no spell checker or grammar checker Lisl
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 25 Aug 2014, 08:12
That is a large garden shed though Bill. Did he also store some skies in the corner. I bet ink per gallon was cheaper than it is now.
Bill Phillips: This is not his shed ridge. Everything per gallon was cheaper then. But then wages were lower and we trusted doctors and politicians and thought the BBC only spoke the truth.
A fine B+W image Bill.
Bill Phillips: I am obliged to you Mr Shaw. My monitor died on Saturday and I have ordered a new one which is calibrated and comes with a tool to keep it calibrated correctly. So that will be interesting. It is an Asus one and gets good write ups
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 25 Aug 2014, 09:14
Clearly his passion for printing didn't bring in enough readies!

But he would have done a good job of the excellent tonal range in this photo.
Bill Phillips: It was purely a hobby. I think he printed fliers for local events. It was fascinating to see in action
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2014, 09:42
Wonderful! I can just imagine the clanking of the machinery. Looks very modern, though - look at all the heath and safety nonsense around the drive belt.

I can remember printing out a duplicated newsletter on some hand-powered Gestetner back in the mid-1960s. First couple of copies were fine but after about 20 or so it become more and more illegible. Ahhh.. happy days.
Bill Phillips: A modern addition. I remember that someone once added a rude message onto a master and when all the copies were printed it said that a certain lady was an old bag across them. He nearly got sacked
There are people who do garden shed printing to this day as a hobby. I am glad too as, typesetting and other printing skills are becoming a lost art.
Bill Phillips: It ould be a shame to see it go as print revolutionised the world
When I was a youngster my Dad was a British Railways lorry delivery driver for a while and I used to go out with him in the school holidays sometimes, and he used to go to a printing shop quite regularly and this this isn't dissimilar to what the print room there looked like.
The printing industry used to employ lots of folk - including my dad for while, until the ink caused a nasty form of eczema.
Bill Phillips: Kathryn's ex went to Uni and then went to work for a computer software company. He still has his printer's eye though and will spot printing errors very quickly
This is excellent Bill! Well done.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Richard. Pleased you like it
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 21:05
looks like a cottage industry compared with todays printing institutions
Bill Phillips: Well I suppose it was

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