The Press: Typewriter Printing

The Nov. 15, 1919 issue of the late Literary Digest was a strange looking creation. Due to a compositors' strike, the magazine used typewriters to prepare its columns of editorial matter, photographed the final copy, made line-cuts from the photographs and went to press on schedule. The appearance of the magazine was ragged because the right-hand edge of the typewritten copy could not be evenly aligned. The Literary Digest, at this time, was offering a prize of $100,000 to anybody who would figure out a way to make typewritten copy square up like printed matter.

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