Communication is the transformative force that allowed civilization
to grow. The invention of the printing press was one of the
transformative events in this evolution. It led to the mass
distribution of books, newspapers, leaflets and all sorts
of printed material at affordable prices. It literally unlocked
a learning explosion for the masses.
This collection of four vintage films explores various aspects
of the printing industry and how printing was done in the
1930s to 1960s. Here is a brief description of each film included
in this collection:
- From Trees to Tribunes - Published in 1937, this
is an excellent film on how newspapers are produced from
beginning to end. The film shows how the trees that make
up the Chicago Tribune come down from Quebec logging operations.
It shows the logging camps and how the trees are gathered
and transported in both summer and winter. It then shows
how the logs are converted from wood to paper by special
processes at the saw mill and pulp plants and then it is
on to the newspaper where it is printed up into the daily
newspaper. It has a runtime of approximately 19 minutes.
- Learning to Set Type - Published in 1959, this
is a fascinating look at how the typed word was created
in the pre modern era. You will see the painstaking steps
that had to be taken to work with each lead character, how
spacing and page layouts were handled and many other fascinating
aspects of this once thriving skill. This film has a runtime
of approximately 10 minutes.
- Printing - Published in 1947, this film serves
as an excellent overview of all the printing technologies
that existed in the late 1940s. The films was created as
a vocational film with the purpose of introducing students
to the exciting field of print work and is an excellent
showcase for that era. This film has a runtime of aproximately
- Typesetting: Linotype - Published in 1960, this
film explores the linotype printer and how it was used every
day to bring news, entertainment and more to the masses
accurately and inexpensively. The film takes an in depth
look at how the linotype process works and all the flexible
uses it had in the machine era of printing. This film has
a runtime of approximately 35 minutes.
This DVD has a runtime of approximately 1 hour 16 minutes.
Here are some sample images from films on this DVD