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1904 christmas card.

Started by Mechanic, December 07, 2015, 11:01:49 PM

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Mechanic

This card has been posted before but I thought that it was time for another airing

Claude Marquet, an Australian cartoonist, drew the above Christmas card for compositors employed by the Argus and Australasian newspapers in 1904. The card depicts a hand compositor welcoming a Linotype typesetting machine into the composing room. One Linotype machine with an operator could do the work of five hand compositors. The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, the first Australian newspaper to purchase Linotypes, installed 12 in 1894. Although the machines were not welcomed by the print unions in the beginning, their introduction reduced the cost of production and, as costs fell, newspapers grew in size resulting in additional employment of union staff. Linotypes and similar machines were the main method of typesetting until they were replaced by computer controlled phototypesetting machines in the 1970's and 80's. The Sydney Morning Herald had in excess of 110 machines when they were finally phased out in 1984.




George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast
Queensland
AUSTRALIA


John Cornelisse

Would it be possible to post a less fuzzy scan of this hilarious card ? It is very hard to read all text on it.

Mechanic

Sorry John, That is about as good as it gets. The text behind the cat's tail reads "The Comps of the Season". Dave Hughes and I have mulled over the text for a number of years.
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast
Queensland
AUSTRALIA


John Cornelisse

There might be an archyve of the newspapers, or a
central library of the government somewhere with copies of
the newspapers of that time...

They might be hard to find though.

Happy Christmas anyway

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