Sometimes even a web-native, digital-only, social media-savvy bunch like the team here at Output get nostalgic for the analogue, paper-only days of old. Which is why this black and white, printing occupations video from 1947 was an easy pick for this instalment of Output's sign and graphics Video of the Week.
The report pays special attention to the various crafts involved in the printing process of the mid-20th century and the enormous skill involved in each of those crafts.
There is also a bit (starting at 7:15) which discusses vocational training and apprenticeships as the way in which the printing trade acquired 'most of their new workers'. According to the video most students of the trade started with 'hand composition because all of the fundamental principles of printing are derived from it'.
Hand printing training schemes included lessons on spelling, grammar and proofing to ensure every member of the a printing operation's team was well enough versed in the various production areas to be of all-round use to the printer.
The industry – as well as the world around it – has certainly changed in the past 65 years. What similarities and differences do you see and what can we learn from each? Let us know on Twitter, YouTube or at the Output site.
If you want more lovely videos from the world of display, there are lots on the Output YouTube channel.