A day in the life on The New York Times circa 1942

A photo-documentary from 1942 showing how The New York Times was published.

With digital news hitting your inbox daily, it’s easy to overlook how the news used to be printed.

Nowadays, we have the 24-hour new cycle. Digital publishing allows for a quick relay between getting a story, writing it up, editing and hitting send. And while this is still a process of sorts, how quickly we forget just much work used to go into creating a single newspaper – back when printing presses were all lead type and acid-etched images.

This fascinating photo-documentary shows how a single edition of The New York Times was published in 1942. It used to take 24 hours to prepare a paper, nowadays, we’re lucky if the news lasts for 24 hours.

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This is an excerpt of the process. For the full photo-documentary, please visit Mashable.



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    23rd May 2017
    Good images/story Leon.

    The ones I have wondered about since a small child are the one-man band small town newspaper operators. Now, if any still exist they are usually part of a syndicated arrangement and personally collect little more than local sports results, births deaths and marriages and a few special local events or tales. Until just a few decades ago these, mostly weekly sometimes bi-weekly papers were usually run by a single person (there may have been an off-sider or two in the larger towns.) They usually run to between half a dozen and a dozen broad sheets, 24 to 48 pages.

    How did they do it?

    They grabbed some news from national sources, had trained the sporting and church organisations and the schools to report in a timely way, would sit in on Council meetings attend the likes of games and chess matches, collect baby photos, photograph 'special' weddings, shows and the like, re-write borrowed material and write all the stories and the editorial.

    Then would come the compositing and typesetting.

    All quietly in underlit rooms musty and impregnated with chemicals. Their output assumed, a quietly expected and chewed over adjunct to the locals' mid-week toast and vegemite or marmalade and tea.

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