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1904 Christmas Card

Started by Dave Hughes, October 21, 2007, 09:35:57 AM

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George Finn Writes:

In 1904 Australian cartoonist Claude Marquet supposedly drew this Christmas card for the Victorian Printers' Union. It illustrates the acceptance of the Linotype machine by some compositors, while many more were unemployed because of it. Of course in the long run the reverse was true.

The cartoon depicts a compositor shaking hands with a Linotype. Behind the cat's tail the message reads "The Comps of the Season."  I assume a play on "Compositor" rather than an abbreviation of "Complements." Under "The Argus & The Australasian", I think it says "Printers Greet Their". I have been unable decipher the last two words. Maybe it could be a challenge to interested readers.

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Dave Hughes

I've messed about with the contrast, etc. on the file George sent me and I think I've made it a bit clearer.

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Mechanic

I spent two days looking at that line Dave, and if the posted time is any indcation you seemed to have cracked it in two minutes.
George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast
Queensland
AUSTRALIA


Dave Hughes

Quote from: Mechanic on October 21, 2007, 10:31:49 PM
I spent two days looking at that line Dave, and if the posted time is any indcation you seemed to have cracked it in two minutes.


I've got to be honest. It took longer than two minutes, and fiddling about with the file in a photo-editor did help!
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I just love this old (1904) Christmas card.

It's a while since it was first posted, so I thought it was time for it to be shown again!





Merry Christmas

All the Best for 2014

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