Printing

Colman’s Print 1947-1984

My name is Anthony Lyon. Most people at Colman’s knew me as Tony. I finished at Colman’s in 1984 as the superintendent in the printing department but I had a long career from 1947 until they closed in 84. It was always expected when I left school that I would go to Colman’s. My family […]

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Jarrolds of Norwich – a fine city!

I was 14 years old when I left school. And I got my first job at Cousins Fish Shop on Drayton Road in Norwich. And I was there for a good while. I used to work with a girl next door. We were friends and used to have a laugh and one thing and another. […]

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Letterpress to litho (1946-1998) (2012)

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE When the contributor started work in 1946 in the City of London for a printer, the City streets were populated by stockbrokers in top hats. And there were still quite a few horses to be cleared up after with long handled shovels. And the first biro pens […]

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Printing and Photography (2007)

I was born in 1937 in Gravesend, Kent. After schooling which finished at Gravesend Grammar I took an apprenticeship with a small jobbing printers, Southern Publicity, in Windmill Street, Gravesend, as a compositor. In those days we used moveable type setting pages of text or adverts letter by letter from differing styles of lead cast […]

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Retouching before Computers (2011)

The contributor, born in 1946, is a member of a well-known Italian family of ice-cream makers who, rather than entering the family business, used his artistic talent to learn photo litho retouching at Jarrolds printing works. He became a highly skilled retoucher and scanner in producing high quality photographic artwork for Jarrolds and later for another firm in Norwich. […]

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The Printer’s Devil (2008)

FIRST IMPRESSIONS I first started working in the printing trade at the age of 15. Being amongst the first group affected when the school leaving age was raised on April 1st 1947. Looking back, The Obelisk Press, Lewisham in South London, a converted stove from the nearby large store "Chiesemans" was my first print shop. […]

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