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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Graphic arts  >  Printmaking  >  Typesetting

Newspaper printing press in action

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary film entitled 'The Sydney Morning Herald', which shows the printing press of John Fairfax and Sons in Ultimo, Sydney in the early 1900s. The segment begins with an intertitle: 'STARTING UP. THIS MACHINE PRINTS 48,000 8 PAGE PAPERS PER HOUR'. It shows close-up shots of the ...


Linotype machines, Canberra, c1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of three linotype machines in the Government Printing Office in Kingston, a suburb of Canberra, around 1926. The two men in the background could be installing or servicing the machines. They were not yet in use.


Fawkner printing press, c1700s

This is the Fawkner printing press, dating from the 18th century, on which the first print edition of the Melbourne Advertiser, Melbourne's first newspaper, was printed in 1838. The wooden press is not complete, as only its central structure and carriage have survived.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 1911: Stereotyping at Fairfax

This clip was filmed in 1911 and shows two men at the 'Sydney Morning Herald' composing type for a newspaper page in a rectangular steel frame and then making a soft mould of the type as part of the stereotyping process. The black-and-white clip is silent and uses intertitles to introduce the key stages of production: 'MAKING ...


The Sydney Morning Herald, 1911: Preparing the printing machine

This silent black-and-white clip shows a group of workers at the 'Sydney Morning Herald' unloading the metal plates of each page from the lift into the printing room. The workers furnish the large printing machine with a roll of paper and the metal plates. The clip uses an intertitle to introduce the stage of production: ...


The Sydney Morning Herald, 1911: Folding mechanism of print machine

This clip shows workers at the 'Sydney Morning Herald' overseeing the mechanical process of folding and compiling newspapers. Once compiled, the newspapers are transferred onto trays on a mechanical hoist and transported to the distribution room. An intertitle, 'MECHANICAL HOIST TAKING THE PAPERS TO THE PUBLISHING ROOM', ...