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Eyeshade Brigade: 1942

Eyeshade Brigade: 1942

September 1942. Continuing our backstage tour of the New York Times. "Newsroom. Copy readers at the telegraph desk, which handles all dispatches from the U.S. outside New York City. Man wears hat because of draught." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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When I was but a lad

... not too many years after this picture was taken, WQXR's hourly news began with: *melodious chime* "Every hour on the hour, WQXR brings you the latest news bulletins, prepared and edited in the news room of The New York Times."

And there it is.

Long-lasting technology

This technology — teletypes, copy paper, glue pots, spikes, blue pens, and the teletypes that were featured a day or so ago — lasted until the mid-'70s. The paper where I got my first newspaper job in 1972 was put out just as this one was, hot type, upright Remingtons, and all.

The only thing missing

is the PRESS pass on that guy's hat.

Not so easy on the eyes

I notice they are all wearing glasses.

Lighting adjustment

The man closest to the camera seems sensitive to the lighting: he not only has a piece of paper added to his visor but he seems to have tied a string to the lampshade to tilt it away from him. It can't have been easy working at such close quarters, and you take relief where you can find it.

Cut and paste

The real thing, with vintage mucilage pots and scissors. Looks like they were O.K. with spindling (and mutilating) too.

To the news

I hope, for the sake of reputation of newsmen everywhere, that the half-full glass in the foreground is whiskey.

Light fixture cages

Were they some wartime safety thing in case the Times was bombed?

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