Posts Tagged ‘working conditions’

September 8

“The British compositor is wedded to a very unhealthy practice,” stated a memorandum of the British Master Printers’ Federation, dated this day in 1907, “and with few exceptions, in nearly every office, one of the boxes in the upper case is filled with snuff from which frequent pinches are taken. Lately a feeling has arisen [...]

August 30

A broadside printed this day in 1734, setting forth the Rules of the Chapel, has survived to become one of the most important sources of information upon the working conditions in the printing office of the 18th century. Some of the rules to be observed by the compositors follow: “The Stones, Next of Drawers, &c. [...]