Grantham Journal updated hot metal typesetting equipment in the late 1960s
The Grantham Journal was still typeset by the ‘hot metal’ process in the 1960s and would continue to do so until the move to phototypesetting in the late 1970s.
This photo shows a state-of-the-art Model 78 Quadruplex Linotype machine being delivered to the rear of the Journal’s premises in Greenwoods Row, back in the spring of 1968.
The machine completed the first stage of the installation of the new plant which joined the typesetting line.
Linotype machines cast type in lines (slugs) from molten lead, rather than casting single characters from the metal.
Normally, the complex machines were assembled at their destination, but to minimise inconvenience this one arrived as an almost complete operational unit and was swung into the Journal’s composing department by a British Crane and Excavator Corporation ordinary standard lorry-mounted crane, capable of lifting seven tons.
The new typesetting machines complemented the recently installed letterpress press which printed the Journal on site until the late 1970s when the offset lithographic printing process rendered it redundant, with the actual printing of the paper then moving to the Newark Advertiser.