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The Gray Printing Press: 1890

The Gray Printing Press: 1890

Left to right: Leroy Capen Gray, Leonard Wise Gray, Frank Winfree, William Howard Gray, and William Bailey Gray.

William Bailey Gray published and edited several newspapers in Morgan City, Louisiana and the area surrounding. He is seen in this picture with three of his sons. W.B. Gray's first activity in the printing industry is recorded on October 4, 1879 when he established the newspaper, The Morgan City Free Press. Today, the Gray family continues to be involved in the printing business with those of the sixth generation working at L-H Printing Co, Inc. It is presently owned by Della Lacon Gray (the wife of Leonard William Gray), Carlton Leroy Gray (the son of Della and Leonard Gray), and Nelwyn Gray Robison (the daughter of Della and Leonard Gray).

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LW Gray

I had the privilege of knowing Leonard William Gray and I remember how proud he was of his printing company and their family tradition. He was the kindest most generous person I have ever known.


It sure has changed! The changes have been so drastic it can easily be said that it has changed more now since Gutenberg.


I love pictures like this, I started in the printing industry in 1975 at a weekly small town newspaper, and have been involved in printing, typography and graphics ever since. This is an industry that has changed tremendously just since the 1980s.

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