MAKEUP AREA

In the back right corner of the building is another makeup table with a large stone. This area is used for making up the larger newspaper pages in the metal chases.

makeuparea

 

This is where the type is put with photos and advertising to compose a full newspaper page layout. Photos were scanned by special machines and engraved onto metal. (Many small papers had to send photos to a vendor to have that done.) That metal was then mounted on wood blocks cut to the right size and then the block was fitted into the page.

A similar process was used to create advertising, except that some ads were made first onto cardboard material then molten lead was poured into that form making a lead block for printing. Small newspapers would often get these cardboard “mats” in the mail and then pour their own lead.

Near this area you will see a small wood cabinet with different size blocks of wood. This is a “furniture” cabinet and the blocks of wood are used to brace the type inside the chase.

There is also a gray cabinet below the furniture cabinet with trays of type inside. These are galley trays and hold job printing layouts, text copy, photo cuts and advertising cuts.

furniture