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Started by Mechanic, November 17, 2011, 06:06:08 AM
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QuoteIt will probably be two or three years before either the Linotype or Typograph can sensibly affect newspaper workers in Australia, but compositors who wish to be prepared for contingencies would act wisely by learning to operate with facility on the typewriter; while parents intending to bring up their sons to the printing business should be careful not to bind them for the usual long term of apprenticeship to learn the business of mere typesetting. Indeed, there are far too many compositors in Australia already, especially of the mediocre and causally-employed class, who could not be, trusted with the manipulation complicated, machinery. Such men would do well to turn their attention to some other occupation in which they might excel, or in which the penalty of inefficiency would be less disastrous. In one respect the new machines will be a great advantage. Operating upon them will be a far more pleasant and healthful occupation than typesetting, while the average earnings of operators will be greater, unless, indeed the machines should attract to the business some of the vast numbers of young women who have already learnt to work the typewriter, or are on the lookout for a genteel means of winning a good livelihood; in which case it would be impossible to predict the far-reaching effects of the general use of the Linotype or Typograph.