This specimen of print book was kept by my Grandad whilst studying print and typography at Blackburn College in 1934.

The ’30s was a momentous year in print. In 1932 ‘Times New Roman’ was first used by The Times newspaper. Penguin Books first started publishing in 1935 and the ‘Futura’ typeface was commercially released in 1936.

Some of my Grandad’s samples were printed using an offset process and others produced with a ‘hot metal’ Linotype machine. After he left college and went through the war, he became a Linotype operator until he retired.

Maybe it was this work that sent me off on my career in print and design. CMYK in my blood, or something like that?


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