I'm a bookseller who's delving into the history of book production. Since I'm a collector of WT publications, I'm especially interested in any information available on the following:
- Printers: Prior to 1919, most of the books and magazines published by the WTS were printed by commercial printers. I would like to get information on which printers Russell and Rutherford contracted with.
- Binding: I am interested in any information on suppliers of the bookbinding materials used by the WT. Information about which materials were "home-grown" as opposed to those purchased from outside firms, types of coatings used on the cloth bindings (like most of the Rutherford "Rainbow" series), types of paper, etc. Any info on what commercial printers used in the production of WT publications is welcome, too.
- Typefaces: I'd like info on names of typefaces used over the years in the books, booklets, tracts, and magazines, especially in the titling.
- Printing processes: Stereotype? Electrotype? I know Dogpatch has info on his site about the switch to offset printing in the 80s. I also know that Linotype and Monotype was used from the early days of the WT starting up its own presses.
I know this is all pretty arcane, but it floats my boat. So if any of you old Bethel printery/bindery hands can help, I'd appreciated it!
Thanks in advance!
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