Paper and letterpress shops are a vanishing breed, as this video shows. Two proud proprietors talk about the legacies they’re trying to preserve, their razor-thin margins, and their increasingly rare qualities in a world that values speed and convenience over quality. Touchingly, these two survivors live cheek-by-jowl in downtown Los Angeles. Worth watching.

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As we move into the future, let’s remember that the past still has much to contribute to the present.

(Hat tip to Stewart Wills for the link and the urging to bring this to the fore.)

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


5 Thoughts on "Paper and Press — How Vanishing Technologies Become More Precious"

During almost all the 22 years I worked at Princeton University Press (1967-1989), the Press owned and operated its own printing plant–the last university press in the U.S. to do so–which used hot-metal linotype composition and flatbed letterpress printing, so for me this was a trip down memory lane. Thanks!

Kent and Stewart, Thanks for drawing our attention to a nicely done video. Happy New Year to the authors and readers of The Scholarly Kitchen.

Thank you for posting. Long live the art of paper and art paper to print via letterpress!

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