FarewellEtaoinShrdlu
The last day of hot metal typesetting at the New York Times before computers would replace it 1978

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captop12 : Tremendous documentary. Thanks for sharing.

Josh G : It's amazing how much work went into something so basic and commonplace. Hundreds of man-hours for something with such a short life such as a daily newspaper.

Nathan Fitzer : Holy crap they unintentionally documented two old previous generations of print shop.

Jagh Haringenamn : ofg

Harry Kancyr : I went to tech school in 1966 in the print shop, we hand set type and used Linotype machines as well. There was another machine for large lead type and for larger type there was wooden type. When you change a font or type size we had to get out a whole new case of type and insert lead spacers to make things fit. Then when you finished you had to put it all away in the correct compartments. Learning where the compartments where was kind of like learning a keyboard, but with many more keys as each different kind of spacer had its own compartments too. Check out the California Job Case on google.

War Emblem : David Weiss, born either in 1911 or 1912; d. 2005 (NYT obit, 08/16/05 Margalit Fox).

M. Harper : Wow, that brings back memories.  I was 15 years old when I started running a Linotype machine.  Looks complicated, super impressive in action, but not that difficult to master.  That was in 1970, and the shop was transitioning from letterpress to offset printing.  I still miss the craftsmanship of letterpress work, the business cards really stood out then.

CaptainStarkiller : The march of progress is ever forward. Now in the Internet era, the newspaper itself is now obsolete.

Ev3nflow™ : This is nothing short of an amazing film of the process and evolution.

I V A N : 15:23 the warden from Shawshank Redemption?

Bill Strathearn : I was born 2 months after this was filmed. As a software engineer, it's amazing to contemplate the state of automation I was born into.

David Marquez : *Thank you very much! I saw one of these machines live in my early Graphic Design student days.*

mst3kanita : So many steps and tiny parts! I can't believe it was still like this in 1978 Also, I wonder how many times the cold type workers cut themselves!

Bill Busen : Now you can figure out why we call them Upper Case and Lower Case.

David Marquez : *The documentary is also a case study of obsolescence of a profession. **14:22** He is correct, all that knowledge and image how much effort and money it to aquire that, will be wasted from one day to another.*

I V A N : 1:43 an old Louis Rossmann

qcp : How did these guys not suffer from lead poisoning?

Landon Lovette : Now the computers write some of the stories.

lohphat : 8MB disk packs. Yup. That was a thing. Now we have portable phones with 128GB of storage.

Richard Albert : Are the guys all deaf because of the constant noise?

higgydufrane : Thank you for this

Aurelio Lorenzo : Wonderful document, very didactic.

Nestor Camacho : This was fascinating!!!!

smobro : Thank you for sharing!

Nealon Ledbetter : Wow... amazing!

Ennui : so many watches

Jurij Fedorov : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2238777/

Christian Guignard : This documentary is an absolute marvel, a witness of a gold age of workshops and real artisan, when people were in the awareness that working with hands was fundamental for humanity, and too much enginery would leads to inhumanity ! Here we are !

Brian Buccellato : I find the mechanics of the old way much more fascinating than the computer age.

Bossman : The moment when you realize you took the wrong major.

10mintwo : Wow! To think this was once an actual reputable publication at one time with real reporters, real stories and everything! Amazing! Now they won't hire anyone who doesn't have "kill all white men" in their twitter history and print mind meltingly idiotic headlines like "Boys Will Murder Their Fathers And Sleep With Their Mothers" and "Men, who needs them?", arguing for the genocide of men - ostensibly men much like the ones that thanklessly toiled in the toxic dungeons of their very own print rooms for decades as depicted in this very documentary.

DOSTGOYEVSKY ! : Lots of jews lol

Sick Boy : Can't imagine, the lazy ass generation of now, doing that kind of work..