Friday, April 29, 2011

Small-Town Newspapers

This little article in the Hobart News of January 3, 1918, taught me something new about how these newspapers were physically printed.

Home Print
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So I gather there was an industry of partial pre-printing for small-town newspapers. The interior pages, printed by the "patent inside houses," carried national and international news, and advertising for products sold nationally. The typeface is different on those pages, and they always include reproductions of photographs — something you don't often see on the home-printed pages.

Then the local newspaper office would receive its shipment of partially pre-printed newspapers (from Chicago in this case), and on the blank pages print its local news and social items, and the advertisements for local merchants and services.

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