This post hasn’t been published since September 8, 2009, but it describes the changes made in newspaper technology from the time I started at Alexandria Town Talk in August of 1966, till today when very employees remain from those days if any.
When I started work at the Alexandria Daily Town Talk in August of 1966 the paper was still using hot metal for each line of type produced.
My first job was working on the type dump. The linotype operators operated a huge linotype machine that produced a slug for each line of type seen in a newspaper. The slugs were extremely hot after being produced by the linotype machine.
This video shows a restored linotype machine in operation and describes in detail how a line of type is produced from the machine.
When all the lines in a story had been set on the linotype machine the finished story would be placed in a galley. The galley would be brought to the type dump where the person working at the dump would make any corrections needed by inserting a corrected slug in the place of the incorrect slug.
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