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BRIDLINGTON CHRONICLE - Mike Wilson tells us of his career on the Bridlington Chronicle, Yorkshire, UK.
LETTERPRESS LIMERICKS - A collection of print-related limericks sent in by Greg Fischer, who spent 42 years working on the Trentonian newspaper in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
THE ISLAND OF SAN SERRIFFE - Two spoof April Fool's day articles that appeared in the Guardian (UK) newspaper. Many thanks to Ernest Bray for submitting these.
MY LAST HURRAH - Bob Turner's certainly kept up with the times. Still working part-time in the print industry at the age of 68.
THE BUMPY ROAD - Bob Turner's second story for this site is the fascinating story of his print career to date. Well worth hitting that "Print Page" button!
"BANGING IN" AT SPICERS - Roy Bowker's story of the possibly unique "banging in" ceremony at Spicers, London.
THE MATRIX ENGINEER - How a Linotype matrix is made from Merchant of Alphabets by Reginald Orcutt.
PRINTING PRAVDA, 1934 - This short piece from Merchant of Alphabets describes the brand new Pravda printing plant in 1934.
THE PROOFREADER'S NIGHTMARE - An amusing poem written by Frank Granger.
THE NEW APPRENTICE IN 1904 - Another poem written by Frank Granger.
ELROD MEMORIES - Dan Williams remembers the inauguration of the Elrod machine at his father's commercial type shop.
PARADIGMS LOST - The Life and Deaths of the Printed Word. Details of a book written and offered for sale by Metal Type contributor Bill Sonn.
A WORLD OF TYPE - Steve Young sent in this fascinating account of his career, which took him all over the world, as he prepares to retire after 40 years in the trade.
CASTING INGOTS - Les Smith, from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Australia sent in this amusing anecdote about casting ingots.
THE APPRENTICE'S PRINTER'S PIE - A poem sent in by Mike Wilson from Bridlington in the UK.
WAYZGOOSE - THE EVENT OF THE YEAR - A story from a 1963 edition of the New Zealand "Weekly News" about the old tramp compositors. The original article can also be downloaded in PDF format.
AUSTRALIAN LINOTYPE MECHANIC - George Finn tells how he started out in the trade and proves that you can't judge a letter by the envelope!
THE GLASS DOOR - Don Hauser's fascinating story of a lifetime in the print industry.
BOOZY ALLEGATIONS - George Finn's amusing account of a Canadian Linotype training course, in Toronto, in 1958.A HISTORY OF MECHANICAL COMPOSITION - A piece that I wrote way back in the 1970s as part of my City & Guilds course-work.
MORE LINES TO THE COLUMN - Nice story from George Finn, explaining how a bit of composing-room ingenuity solved a problem for the Sydney Morning Herald.