This silent film, made presumably between the two World Wars, shows the production of The Kent and Sussex Courier.

In a way the most striking things about it, as compared to today, are the number of men and the amount of heavy metal involved. After they have set the type (at frenetic speed) they make a flexible mould of the type and the images (they refer to it as the matrix) from which the curved printing plates are created in the foundry. These are mounted on rollers in the rotary letterpress machine they are using.

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