Posts Tagged ‘typesetting contest’

December 15

Alexander Duguid, who proved himself to be the fastest compositor in the United States, was born this day in 1856 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A little more than twenty-nine years later, in the second National Typesetting Tournament, staged in Philadelphia in 1886, Duguid matched himself against the great professional speed typesetters and beat them all, with [...]

December 13

Under the heading of “A Year’s Work,” the Troy, New York Daily Press published on December 13, 1873 the following item: “Fred W. Schneider, a compositor employed on this paper, in the year ending today set and distributed, in 312 days, 10 hours per day, 3,234,203 ems, an average of 10,366 ems per day; highest [...]

September 3

When compositors first became automated, they were anxious to exhibit their prowess in the operation of Mergenthaler’s Linotype machine by competing with one another in contests of speed typesetting, much as they had done when the hand type-stickers ruled the composing rooms. The machine-age swifts made appearances at county and state fairs and of course [...]

June 11

In a letter written upon this date in 1886 from New Brunswick, New Jersey, John F. Babcock, a compositor in the office of The Fredonian wrote of the earliest known contests of speed in typesetting in the United States. The letter was addressed to William C. Barnes, one of the great “swifts” of the period: [...]

March 27

The second National Typesetting Tournament ended March 27, 1886 in Philadelphia, with a compositor named Alexander Duguid establishing a record for fast typesetting which has never been surpassed. Among the contestants were the professional swifts, men who engaged in contests for cash prizes in all parts of the country. During the last decades of the [...]