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historic newsreels of bookbinding

On March 4, Allen Bradley sent websites for two historic newsreels on commercial bookbinding - they were both fascinating and informative (and I will glide over the reference in 1947 to working women as "girls" but the men were men - ah those were the days)

Both videos show some manufacturing processes I was unaware of. Plus some close personal contact with moving machine parts that would not be OSHA approved of today, and lots of workers who I am sure are not present in today's assembly lines.

The 1961 video also shows the process of a restoring an old book by hand - except I think the re-sewing of the sections is mechanical?

Anyway, have fun visiting a process which has already become out-dated.

Retta in Maine

From:    "Bradley, Allen" <Allen.Bradley@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: bookmaking commercially

A good video of commercial book making (in 1947) can be found at:


And one for 1961 at:


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