May your bearers be clean,
your rollers be true
and your packing be tight

Detail from a July 1963 British Printer
display ad for Dayco Rubber (U.K.) Ltd.
Plant: Cooper & Beatty, Ltd., Toronto.

6 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. Plaid shirt’s press could be a 320-G? The ink train appears to be behind the impression cylinder and the carriage side view resembles a 320 I have seen without the delivery attachment…

  2. The lockup looks a lot better than what we see today as in cruising flickr’s letterpress group site, but why to one side of the bed? The kid with the swept back hair with his hand on the press handle looks to be about 18 so would be in his late 60s now. I wonder how his printing career progressed. The presses age much more gracefully than the people–and people repair parts tend to be made out of titanium, rather than aluminium, steel, and brass for the Vandercooks.

  3. That too, Eric.

    I love this photo. So staged: most of the the operators posing on the far side and that spare form roller looks a bit glossy. Nice range of models: Universal I, two No. 4s, and a 15-21. Not sure what model the plaid shirt guy is using, but that shop would’ve made a good venue for my workshop. And Fritz would approve of Bob’s lockup.

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