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Frank Celebrates 50 Years of PRINT

Published on September 7, 2018

Frank commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first PRINT show. Held in June 1968 in Chicago, PRINT 68 was the first major industry event of the modern era, comprising 274,000 square feet and 400 exhibitors. It was the first show where hot metal typesetting was not on display (it was the dawning of the age of phototypesetting) and the first to have web offset presses running on the show floor. Attendees lined up around the block to get in.

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By Julie Shaffer on Sep 07, 2018

Thanks for this excellent history, Frank! I look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary with you in Chicago at PRINT 18.

 

By Joe Webb on Sep 07, 2018

That's some heavy book! It made the camera shake! Sold for $6? That's $45 today. (Frank always makes fun of my inflation calculations -- thought I'd get one last good one in). So no hot lead typography -- just think -- there could have been a mix of stockyards and hot lead going through the show floor...

 

By Scott Gorman on Sep 07, 2018

Great to see how our industry has evolved. 1968 is the year I was born and I've now been in print for 34 years. Thank you Frank for all you do for our great industry.

 

By Raymond Prince on Sep 07, 2018

PRINT 68 was also fantastic from a offset sheetfed perspective. The novel thinking of Dahlgreen was amazing even for today - a 4 color sheetfed press with one set of grippers, one ink roller inking system. The press was demonstrated on the floor but was not a commercial success but the thinking was fantastic.

 

By Werner Rebsamen on Sep 07, 2018

Frank - thanks for covering this event. Yes, when I did read your title, my first thoughts back were the heat and the smell of the Chicago stockyard! Simply terrible conditions. Just imagine all those poor sales people who had to wear fancy suits and ties. Interesting that you mention that bindery and finishing equipment covered the largest area. Yet printers did pay very little attention to those. The pre-press folks and equipment were the prima donna's of the printing industry. Interesting how time changed "things" around. Today's interests are to convert printed items into attractive, marketable items with sophisticated finishing equipment. Just watch the convincing, weekly presentations by my former graduate student Trish Witkowski.

 

By Thayer Long on Sep 07, 2018

Thanks Frank- as a student of history you also become a prescient voice. The industry has evolved, and so has it's most venerable event, PRINT.

 

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