Tuesday, September 8, 2015

PrintingFilms.com: The Growing Collection of Free Vintage Films for Typography and Print Lovers

In conjunction with his work as a director of the documentary "Linotype: The Film", Doug Wilson received a box of 16mm Linotype promotional films by Dave Seat, a Linotype repairman, for digitization. This was the upstart of PrintingFilms.com, a growing collection of vintage films related to typography, print and journalism, and the work and processes involved.

The collection started when Doug was given a box of 16mm Linotype promotional films by Dave Seat for digitization. In 2013, Carl Schlesinger (a former Linotype operator at The New York Times) donated his extensive collection of films to The Museum of Printing which assisted in the preservation of these films in 2015.

Along with donations from other archives and collections, this website will grow with content to preserve these films for future generations and curious people alike.

If you haven't seen Doug's documentary yet, a good start is to watch the following film from the archive, "Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu" (1978), documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times and their leap into the world of computerization:

Featured image: "Farewell – ETAOIN SHRDLU" (1978)

Via @luketonge.

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