Here is a silent film showing how books were made at Oxford University Press in 1925. I don’t suppose I ever met any of the many, many workers, but I certainly saw several similar machines still in operation in the early part of my career. I am sorry never to have seen the use of the natural oils from a workman’s hair playing a role in the manufacturing process though. The film is brought to us by The Scholarly Kitchen, courtesy of David Crotty, an editor at the Press in England.

I suggest not playing the sound track — its relentlessly chirpy music may drive you wild.

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