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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hello all! It has been a few months since I have posted. I've been sorting and organizing this month. Found this clip and photo of my dad back in the late 1940's. He was the owner and editor of our local newspaper. He and his partner are making up the type on a Linotype machine. The heavy metal type slugs were assembled in iron frames called chases. The whole assembly of type was wedged into the chase and lifted onto the four page press. Each page weighed about 125 pounds!!

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Love this and your family story! I remember seeing this in our local newspaper office too. My Mom wrote a society column (ha, our town had 130 souls, and the newspaper 7 miles away had 800...)
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Hi Mary!!
      So good to see you posting again. Such a great picture of your Dad and the story behind the machine. And those 125 lb pages, wow!!!!
    3. mareredware mareredware, 3 years ago
      Hello jscott! I really enjoy this site and all the interesting collectables and items of interest and I like sharing my own. I try to remember to post when I think I have something others might enjoy. Thanks for showing interest in my post. I remember dad packing those pages and how tedious and messy it was. Later, I worked at another newspaper where I set type and the procedure was much easier. I typed the copy from the reporter's notes. This was fed into a machine that shot out my copy all ready to lay out for the day's paper. I've no idea how advanced it is now. Are there typesetters? It's been 40 years!
    4. mareredware mareredware, 3 years ago
      Thanks to valentino for loving my story! I both loved and laughed at the personal aspect of a small town paper. Ours reported if someone had a guest from out of town, a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, etc. And we would hear about it if we failed to report all of this very important news! I'll bet your mom's column was great!
    5. mareredware mareredware, 3 years ago
      thanks to Manikin, vetraio, ttomtucker, fortapache, TassieDevil, ho2cultcha, mikelv, caperkid and SpiritBear.\ for loving my past. Much appreciated.
    6. mareredware mareredware, 3 years ago
      post, not past. darned spellcheck!!
    7. Trey Trey, 3 years ago
      Wow what a machine !!! They definitely don’t make them like they used to :) Great post of your father’s legacy.

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