Printle: A Wordle puzzle for Printers
Started by Dave Hughes, March 03, 2009, 11:19:59 AM
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QuoteI am currently writing a book called 'The Chapel and the Lodge', about the long history of printers' chapels and stonemasons' lodges and I would really like to chat (online, on the phone, where-ever) to printers who can remember the days of 'the chapel', anyone you can put me in touch with would be greatly appreciated.The book is largely centred on the UK although as people and ideas travelled I have been looking at the transmission of the labour relations paradigm (for want of a less high-brow description) and I have found some (admittedly limited) evidence of 'the chapel' used in an American context (a strike at a Methodist publishers in the early 20th century as reported in the online archives of the New York Times). Although 'the chapel' may not have had wide currency in American printers unions there are certain words ('Rats') that suggest some form of transmission from the old world... I dont know for sure but to give another example the 8 hours movement which originated amongst Owenite trades unionists (GNCTU) in Britain clearly influenced trades unions worldwide: the same slogan used by the Owenists can be seen in Sydney in the 1860s so someone must have taken the ideas or words with them when emigrating or communicated through letters etc a kind of anti-globalisation movement in the mid 19th century that was global in its reach. I would appreciate a link on the forum, basically any printers (or others) from anywhere who can remember 'the chapel' or just the local branch of the union (finding out whether 'chapels' did not exist is as relevant as discovering that they did) would be greatly appreciated. The story on your site about a printers initiation is remarkably similar in certain respects to rituals in printers fraternities in London of the 18th century and even those practised by the Compagnie de Griffarins (a printers journeymen combination) in Lyon in the early 16th century, so over time and space something of the antiquated ritual has survived. It seems that journalists also use the word chapel as a designation for local branch I am not sure when or how that came about its an area I need to investigate further. I am also interested in how changes in technology were negotiated in the workplace, Wapping gives a sort of jaundiced view of this question there must have been examples of succesful negotiations for new technology and working arrangements both before and after the Wapping strike and I think its good to write about situations when industrial relations worked as well as when they didn't. Jan Materne's work on the Plantin printing chapel has shown that its main function was ensuring workplace discipline and the smooth operation of the presses, after all if their industry goes down the drain so do their jobs so workers groups have a vested interest in advancing their own industry. Even a public sector union like the FBU is generally in favour of modernisation, I mean what fireman would want to use 19th century equipment?