This vintage film from filmmakers Carl Schlesinger and David Loeb Weis documents the last day of Hot Metal Typesetting at the New York Times, and older printing technology that dates back to 1884. The New York Times used Hot Metal Typesetting up until 1978, when newer technologies allowed faster and cheaper methods of printing newspapers.
This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation. At the end of the film, the new typesetting and photographic production process is shown in contrast to the old ways.
Originally published on September 8th, 2016
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