The Kynoch Press: The Anatomy of a Printing House, 1876-1981

The Kynoch Press: The Anatomy of a Printing House, 1876-1981


By (author) Caroline Archer

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  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press,US
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Publication date: 1 December 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New Castle
  • ISBN 10: 1584560460
  • ISBN 13: 9781584560463
  • Sales rank: 1,920,651

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This is the biography of a major British printer, one that should be much better known to historians of printing and in particular all those who are interested in how printing types come to be adopted, utilised and promoted by a press. The Kynoch Press, which flourished for over a century, was the in-house printer to the huge ICI group, but it also produced quality printing for a range of other customers, work which earned it a reputation as one of the foremost British printing houses of the period. The strength of the Press lay in its composing-room, which pioneered the introduction of nineteenth-century English revival types into Britain during the 1930s, an approach then successfully adopted by the Curwen Press and others. In addition, its unique collection of artists' and European types attracted British industrial clients with an interest in design. After 1945, the typographic reputation of the Press was maintained as it developed a progressive and contemporary type list. The change to photocomposition was embraced and in its latter years the Press was innovative in embracing new opportunities, in particular with a complete foreign-language service offered to export businesses. However, the economic recession of the early 1980s combined with other factors forced ICI to question the viability of an in-house printer, and after an abortive sale the Press was closed in 1981.The history of the Kynoch Press that Caroline Archer offers is the result of exhaustive research, enriched by personal accounts from surviving staff which give a fascinating perspective on the half-century from 1930 to 1980. The book also contains very detailed listings of the types held by the press at every period.

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