This is a 1947 video from Encyclopedia Brittanica Films showing how books were made back then, and it's mind-boggling. Typesetting, making copper plates, printing, folding, sewing, cutting, glueing—the sheer amount of labor, employees and machinery involved is staggering. Plus there's some crazy bastard at 4:21 using a tablesaw freehand and without safety goggles. It's also interesting to see how the work was divided along gender lines, with certain tasks relegated to men and others to women.
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