Packard's Short-Hand Reporter and Amanuensis Volume 1

Packard's Short-Hand Reporter and Amanuensis Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...the display and job type, italic, head letter, leads and other contrivances necessary to the work of printing are stowed away in cabinets and drawers. Two long, flat stones in the centre of the room receive the set matter; the foreman arranges it in ll'OIl frames, and wedges it in tightly, when it is called a " form," and is ready for the press. By far the most interesting and curious objectin the room is the antique " Washington" hand press, which occupies a space of ten feet square when it is open, and about half that much when it is " closed.' It may have done duty for fifty years, and certainly is good for as many more. It is possessed of a most tranquil and placid disposition, never getting obstinate or moody, and is equal to any emergency. The pressman seizes a paper and places it on a hinged frame, which he quickly lowers to the forms; by turning a crank rapidly with his left hand, he sends the sliding bed containing the forms under a heavy iron platen. Then he grasps a lever firmly with his right hand, and swings back on it with a jerk, forcing the platen down to the types, and thus is the impression made. The crank is reversed, the bed rolls out, up goes the frame with the printed paper, and that very instant away shoots the roller across the forms, distributing ink to the metal particles for the next impression. Fifteen hundred impressions a day is good work for this press; two thousand its maximum.' When the paper's circulation passes that point it is necessary to put in a faster press of rotary motion. The bedraggled manipulator of the roller is no less a personage than the newspaper devil, the most animated and unique figure in the establishment. Next to him in point of picturesqueness...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236916735
  • 9781236916730