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Re: women/men in book arts



And women had a dominant role in the bindery as well as printing end of
large industrial publishing houses of the nineteenth century.
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>From: Michael J Phillips <Theprinter918@AOL.COM>
>To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
>Subject: Re: women/men in book arts
>Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2000, 10:37 AM
>

>Lets for a moment consider women who work or who have worked in commercial
>letterpress. My grandmother handset type for a weekly in 1905 in Cayuga IN
>and my mother ran the weekly newspaper while my father fought in WWII.
>    Very few pursuits are really gender specific, historically or currently.
>Women have been printers from the start.
>   Hang me for saying this, but in last century, obviously more compositors
>were men, but must have been easier for a woman to set 6 point all day long
>-- just as child labor is used in garment industry for some work because
>smaller hands are more easily adept at certain sewing and handling.
>   Anyway, I was born a few hours after my mother finished the weekly edition
>-- handfeeding a drum-cylinder Babcock press. And have been in many shops
>where women are at ease running presses or Linotypes. And too, after hot
>metal was pushed aside by, first, photoset, most weeklies were mostly staffed
>by women.
>    Most men were not overly excited about changing heavy brass magazines
>full of mats on a Linotype, and obviously, women were less excited about the
>chore. Maybe because of the lead component of letterpress, and the anyway
>traditional outlook that women were better left in charge of the home, men
>were dominent in printing shops and industry in general. But when industry
>needed to exploit women and children, it was just fine by society to have
>women leave the home.
>Some Monday morning rambling,
>Mike-ThePrinter--monthly for letterpress
>
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