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Wool Hole

A place boxed off sometimes under a stair case, or in any situation where the dust will not affect the press room, or other departments of the business — in which the wool is carded wherewith to make the balls.

The wool is kept in the box, over which two pieces of wood are stretched across and fastened down, lowest in the front; on these one of the cards is fixed. In the act of carding the wool the dust and refuse fall into the box, and are thus prevented from being trampled about.

Wool Hole. The workhouse. When a compositor or pressman is reduced by age or illness to take refuge in the workhouse, it is said he is in the Wool Hole.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday October 19 2014 — 10 notes

Bullet

When a workman, at case or press, either for neglect, want of punctuality, or for gross misconduct, is discharged instanter, and the usual notice of “a fortnight” is not given, it is said, He has got the Bullet.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday October 12 2014 — 14 notes

Ball Knife

An old blunt-edged knife, that pressmen lay by, to scrape their balls with. — M.
It is generally an old table knife; but a sharp-edged one is better than a blunt one, if it be carefully used. The use of the Ball Knife is now nearly superseded by the adoption of composition rollers.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday September 28 2014 — 30 notes

Fragments

After the body of a work and the index are composed, the title, preface, contents, &c. are proceeded with. If there be any pages beyond the concluding sheet, they are now imposed together to save presswork, and also warehouse work; and these pages are called Fragments.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Monday September 22 2014 — 19 notes

Paper Up Letter

To wrap the pages up in paper after a work is finished. — M.

In all book houses, there are bulks appropriated for the letter that is cleared away; so that when it is dry it may be papered up. In small houses this is generally done by the overseer; but in houses with large establishments, there is a person appointed to take care of the letter, furniture, chases, &c. which he keeps locked up, and delivers out as wanted: he also papers up the letter; that is, he wraps up each piece in the waste of some work, which he procures from the warehouse, and on which he writes the name of the type; it also tends to save trouble if he add whether it be open matter, Italic, or figures, as the case may be, as it prevents the necessity of opening the pieces out, when particular kinds only are wanted for distribution.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday September 14 2014 — 11 notes

Smout

Workmen when they are out of constant work, do sometimes accept of a day or two’s work, or a week’s work at another printing house: this by-work they call Smouting. — M.
In fact we only term it smouting when the business of a house is slack, or, in other words, when work is insufficient to employ fully the workmen regularly employed, and they go to some other house for temporary employment, till such time as there is sufficient for them in their own house, when they return.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday September 7 2014 — 25 notes

Shoe

An old shoe with the hind quarter cut away, hung upon a nail through the heel at the end of the imposing stone, into which to put bad letters when correcting. When full, the person who has the care of the materials empties it into the old metal box.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday August 31 2014 — 21 notes

Sheep’s Foot

Is all made of iron, with an hammer head at one end to drive the ball nails into the ball stocks, and a claw at the other end, to draw the ball nails out of the ball stocks — M.
It is customary to have one for each press, which in a wooden press is suspended by the head from two nails driven into the near cheek of the press, just below the cap. It is a very useful article to the pressman; but is often applied instead of the mallet and shooting stick, to tighten or to loosen quoins, though it occasionally makes a batter by slipping; I do not like to see it used for this purpose.

From A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, by William Savage, London, 1841.

Sunday June 29 2014 — 14 notes