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The date is Sunday, July 2, 1978, the last time that the New York Times was printed using hot metal.

David Loeb Weiss, then a proofreader and Carl Shlesinger a Linotype operator filmed and narrated this film to record the occasion.

Retirement Day

As well as a detailed look at the production process there are interviews with workers including a lucky man whose retirement coincided with the end of the era.

Towards the end of the film we take a look at the “clean area” where the new technology was already in use producing the vast majority of the paper.

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