Print Shop

Having arrived in New York safe and sound and with the rain nipping at my heels, it wasn't long before I was all settled in. Unfortunately, the rain moved in soon afterward and you could tell when it started that it was here for an 18 to 24 hour appearance. Nonetheless, I ventured out in hopes of grabbing a few frames between the raindrops when those slack periods presented themselves. The problem was that I simply didn't like anything I had captured yesterday, so images from NYC will have to wait for another day. So it's off for a revisit at the Museum of Industry, a place I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the exhibits was an old fashioned print shop, as pictured below.

Print Shop
Print Shop

This was an interesting place with many cabinets and drawers holding tools of the trade. Today we simply pull up a font on the computer and print. It's digital typesetting that wins the day now. There was a time not so long ago that font styles were stored in an organizer like you see above. The typesetting and composition work was performed by the printer or his or her apprentice, who would pull out a set of letters and numbers and undertake the task. Imagine how boring and tedious this all had to have been.

Print Shop - B&W
Print Shop - B&W

A B&W version seems a must for this subject.

Below we have another look at the organizers used to house sets of letters, ink rollers, blotters and the like.

Print Shop Organizer
Print Shop Organizer

Using Topaz's B&W Effects, I applied a sepia and gold blend with an adjustment curve on the image below.

Print Shop Organizer - Sepia & Gold Blend
Print Shop Organizer - Sepia & Gold Blend

Before we close out, let's have a little closer look at a few of the items in the first image of this post.

Typesetting Tools of the Trade
Typesetting Tools of the Trade

One last conversion.

Typesetting Tools of the Trade - Sepia and Gold Blend
Typesetting Tools of the Trade - Sepia and Gold Blend

Until next time... thanks for visiting!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM