early 1900’s newspaper?

I need a custom made front page of a newspaper from the early 1900’s for a period film I’m producing. Anybody know of a press company or business that might be able to do that?

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Almost all newspapers of that date would have been all advertisements on the front page… News at that date would have been on an inside page, with small headlines, and generally no illustrations. If you are wanting a printing or typesetting scene then you might find it easiest to get a photoengraved plate made from a real newspaper page from archives held in the area where the film is set. If you just want a printed newspaper page for someone to read from, then a graphic artist could set one up (perhaps using contemporary material) and print out using an ink-jet printer on suitable newsprint.


Unless the film is going to show this newspaper really close-up you won’t need a letterpress - a skilled and conscientious graphic artist with good typography and production skills could produce this and it could be output digitally.

It’s all in the detail - whoever produces it would have to research early 1900’s newspapers, match the typefaces digitally, get scans of period illustrations/blocks and use some subtle photoshop techniques to take away the polish that digital production gives it.

The trouble is that most people don’t see typography, they just read it. I think you have to ask yourself ‘what degree of accuracy do I require and how much am I willing to spend to achieve it’ – does it need to pass a forgery test or do you think the production standards of your film would accept something most audiences would recognise as ‘an old newspaper’.

I would offer my interest in the job but I’m in the UK and it would be difficult to get source material to base the artwork on.

If you insist on letterpress using period type and blocks I admire your attention to detail and bank balance!

Don’t know if this is “doable” or not, but we produce a letterpress newspaper for the Old Threshers Reunion each year. This is printed on a c.1900 Babcock Reliance newspaper press - powered by a steam engine!!!!! I am assuming that you really just need a head for the newspaper and perhaps a large headline to get across your message. I doubt if anyone will be able to read the actual copy in your film. We will be printing this year’s paper during the first week in September, so it is coming up pretty soon.

The one advantage that we might have is for you to actually film the newspaper sheet (4-pages on each side of the sheet) as it is being delivered off of the press onto the delivery table. A quite an impressive visual and you could zoom in on the headline!!!!! This would require a new header for the paper and the headline that you would want would HAVE to correspond (size-wise) to the headline we will have already set for this year. I doubt if we could take the time to actually recomposed a whole page for you.

Let me know your thoughts before I even propose doing something like this because it will be a minor pain, and there will be costs involved in new cuts etc.

I don’t know about the standard format in the early 1900s, but the newspaper I worked on in the ’70s had an 18x24 page size and 24x38 press-sheet. That was (and still is) a standard newsprint size, and right for folding a printer’s hat.

I think that composing a 4 page newspaper in a tight time frame isn’t out of the question, just a matter of coordinating with the numerous operators out there. Except for advertising, there wouldn’t be many cuts, unless you were replicating a large city paper and a major news event was involved. Look at old issues of the New York Times, and you will be hard pressed to find photos. I think that the total cost of a a graphic artist to mock up a page(s) for you (and then trying to output that onto newsprint) might be just as expensive as having it made up in metal.
40 pounds of typemetal is equivalent to 400 square inches of copy or . 10 operators can set 4000 square inches of copy or 200 column inches on a 12 em line. (mind you—solid type). Is that enough to fill your paper?
I think that doing a repro paper in metal is more a matter of coordinating people out there. If you’re project is worth it (and the level of detail is warranted by the production requirements) then I think people can be attracted to work it.
There are numerous operators on the Intertype/linecaster list at Yahoogroups. [email protected].

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