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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Union Shop: 1922

Union Shop: 1922

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Machinists' Association, printers." Another peek behind the scenes at the International Association of Machinists. View full size.

 

Printing Office

The press shown here is a Kelly B made and sold by the American Type Founders. The machine is a high speed automatic cylinder letterpress.

Business Is Business

They have a time clock!

I like

exposed moving parts. Probably why I don't have a lot of sympathy for computers with, in some cases, almost no moving parts, exposed or not.

 
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