Tuesday, November 25, 2008

let's make a book part one




8 comments:

R.L. Bourges said...

what a wonderful find! I watched it while having my after-lunch espresso. Thank you muchly. It reminded me of the days when quality French books were sold with the pages uncut. They were printed in-octavo, resulting in inner leaflets of 8 double pages. One of the first pleasures in owning the book was cutting these pages open.

(I'm on a mission over here to find one of the last stitchers who worked on quality leather bindings in the old days. If I do find him, I promise to post about him and the type of work he did.)

tut-tut said...

Ah, another world. All those jobs, all that quality control . . .

Most typesetting nowadays is outsourced to India and China; many authors are not happy about this, at least in college publishing, let me tell you. Lots of errors that would otherwise be caught somewhere along the production process are not, because of lack of language interface, among other things.

Merle Sneed said...

Wow! What a interesting glimpse into the past. It was certainly labor intensive. Thanks.

d. chedwick said...

I like the way the narrator says: "This machine sews the folders together with strong thread."

(Covers that are strong and good looking)

"Copper is hard."

I still have the copper plate from my wedding announcement. We had a simple City Hall wedding
but opted for those elegant old fashioned engraved announcements that take time to make.

I like that there is a "gathering room"

I like books!

Squirrel said...

I like books too! I like these old films. When teachers got bored and wanted a cigarette, they used to put on some film strips and go stand outside the classroom while we watched films just like this one.

I found an old education film on logging in California. There were oxen and donkeys dragging giant logs.. this was one of those "ye olde " films. now I can't find it.

lettuce said...

there was something very soothing about that - so meticulous, in describing every part of the process

very fascinating, thankyou
and what a change in technologies!

Coffee Messiah said...

rlb: Thanks. We have a friend who retired here a few years ago in his 70s who was a typesetter. The back of their now closed antique store has a linotype machine etc. Last time we spoke, he had an apprentice he was teaching. We need to see him again and get some more photos.

t & t: An art to be sure. The papaer in SF I worked at has people from Canada doing the jobs locals used to I understand. And the job I do, they are getting ready to have, I understand people from India accessing a computer in Ohio where I will send my scans, and they will process and then send a HD back to us (or FTP) and we will print. A very strange world. ; (

merle: An art form and a job to be proud of in the end.

ched: Hey, nice to C U back. A fascinating process and lots of people able to work too.
Did you get my envelope?

squirrel: The old films and jobs that were performed are way too cool to forget and interesting, compared to most jobs today.

lettuce: I saw a book of the bindery with photos where I am working and it's nothing compared to what it was many yesterdays ago.
; (

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Fascinating!