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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
Reference URL

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Title Page220
Description UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION for commercial printing installations where it was considered the top of the line. The problem of static electricity loomed as great with folders as with the press itself. Since the paper moved in the proximity of a great deal of metal, static frequently caused the printed product to adhere to the frame of the press or folder and obstruct the flow of material. For reasons which could be explained only by those knowledgeable about the quirks of electricity -- and weren't explained at all by rank-and-file newspaper workers - static was at its worst during the winter months. "Our plant had a metal ceiling only a few feet above the Campbell press," one early-day newsman recalled. "The paper made a revolution around the cylinder and was then taken off by a wooden fly. The fly was shaped like a big lattice-work fence and operated in a 180-degree arc. All it did was put the paper down in an even pile after it had been printed. As the paper lay on the fly after coming off the press, it came within a foot or so of the metal ceiling and when static began to act up, it wasn't unusual for the paper to simply jump from the fly to the ceiling and hang there. "That was bad enough," he continued, "but sometimes the paper chose to stay on the cylinder of the press instead of going out on the fly. Since it was no longer caught in the grippers, the paper would simply drop off into the ink rollers. It would wind around them and make a huge mess that took a long time to clean up. Sometimes you had to remove the rollers and individually wash them to get the paper out of the ink. You didn't know whether to swear a blue streak or just sit down and cry." Various devices were employed by pressmen to avoid static halting the paper's passage from press to fly. Christmas tinsel was one; ultra-violet ray tubes another. Remembers one publisher: "Emil got up at a convention session one day and described in great detail the combination of tinsel and ultraviolet tube they'd attached to their Cranston. And then he sat down. After a moment of silence, someone said, 'How did it 220
Format application/pdf
Identifier 228-UPA_Page220.jpg
Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416231
Reference URL