Bygone Professions: The Last Day of Hot Metal Type Setting at the New York Times

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Bygone Professions

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On July 2, 1978 the New York Times made a significant technological leap when they scuttled the last of 60 manually-operated linotype machines to usher in a new era of digital and photographic typesetting. This film documents the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times and the progression into digital techniques.

There are interviews with workers at NYT that are for and against the new technology. In fact, one typesetter is retiring on this final day as he does not want to learn the new process and technology.

If you’re a Graphic Designer, or fascinated by bygone professions, this is a great way to spend 25 minutes…

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