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Hot Metal Stories - Section Three

A selection of stories and poems about the "good old days" of hot metal written by users of this site. The articles are arranged into several sections, use the menu on the left to browse the sections.

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A BRIEF MISUNDERSTANDING - George Finn tells an amusing story about a Canadian Linotype salesman in the 1960s.

MEDIAPHELION - A review of Dave Gladwell's novel, set in turbulent times for the print industry.

WAIROA STAR SCRAP - A story from this New Zealand newspaper, sent in by Metal Type stalwart Graeme How.

THE GUTENBERG BOYS - Ian Boyter's stories about his apprenticeship at a Scottish book printers in the 1960s. Available as an ebook.

THE BRAGGING 'STAB-HAND - An old Fleet Street compositors song, sung to the tune of "I Did it My Way!"

"THE STAR" CHAPEL RULES, 1958 - Chapel Rule book from the now-defunct "Star" dating from 1958.

OWED TWO A COMPOS IT OR - An amusing poem, author unknown.

THE SURGEON FACTORY - The story of how a book was produced by the letterpress process at the International Printing Museum, Carson, USA.

THE SURGEON FACTORY – REVIEW - A video review of "The Surgeon Factory" by Ken Rascoe, MD. A book printed by the letterpress process.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS - The first of a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

JUST A UTILITY BOY - The second in a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

CONDEMNED - The third in a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

THE LIGHTS CAME DOWN LOW - The fourth in a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

THREE'S A CROWD - The fifth in a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

A KICK IN THE CLUTCH - The sixth in a series of "Machinist Tales" from Greg Fischer (aka Linofish).

LOOKS LIKE HORSE - An amusing anecdote sent in by Bob Turner.

MONOTYPE HIGH JINKS - Pete Roberts sent in this story about about apprentice tom-foolery on the Monotype Caster.

THE MACHINIST - A poem from Greg Fischer looking at the Linotype operator from the point of view of a Linotype mechanic on a newspaper.


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