Take a look inside how the New York Times was printed in 1942


In September 1942, Office of War Information photographer Marjory Collins paid a visit to the offices of the New York Times, located at the iconic One Times Square and an annex on 43rd Street.

There, she documented each step of the messy, physical process as news coming in over the wires was sorted, edited, rewritten, laid out, and printed, all under an ever-approaching deadline.

The Thursday, Sept. 10, 1942 issue was dominated by news of fighting in Europe and the Pacific, as well as rationing and cutbacks on the home front (along with recaps of a Yankees victory over the Browns and horse races at the Aqueduct Racetrack).

See the photos below:

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Printing the New York Times in 1942
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Printing the New York Times in 1942

The Newsroom 

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The bullpen

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Telegraphers record messages in the wire room.

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Incoming copy from AP

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Copy boys mimeograph dispatches.

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Dispatches.

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As the copy boy's rush to meet deadlines mimeographed dispatches cover the floor.

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Editors can be seen at the foreign desk discarding stories by 'spiking' them. 

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These editors are responsible for all stories outside the U.S. 

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NYT correspondents for Argentina, Switzerland, and Mexico.

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Drama critic Brooks Atkinson.

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Old and new dictionaries. 

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Head of the 'morgue' Tommy Bracken. 

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A New York Times radio operator. 

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In the radio room, the news is sent out to ships in morse code. 

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A radio operator records a message from Switzerland. 

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A cartographer looks over charts before preparing a map of the war in Europe. 

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The photo department sends out photo all over the world. 

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A negative is inspected in the dark room.

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A fashion image is retouched. 

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As mats are completed they are checked off by page. 

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One the page is marked up the completed time is marked alongside it. 

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A story is typed out on a linotype in the composing room. 

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Style change notices. 

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Linotype slugs are picked up from the table. 

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A mat is looked over for errors. 

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A man operates a proof press. 

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A page is prepared for print in the composing room. 

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This man has set the daily index by hand for 15 years.

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Proofs posted on the wall. 

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As deadlines creep closer page one is completed. 

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Type is set.

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Workers move a 1608 lbs paper reel. 

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Paper is fed through the press. 

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Curved plates are prepared for the press. 

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Curved plates are assigned their corresponding page number. 

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Plates are loaded onto the press. 

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Numbered plates await the press. 

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The press is almost ready to run. 

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And the press is a go! 

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The first edition is checked for quality. 

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Finished papers are cut. 

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Completed papers are bundled for delivery. 

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A truck is loaded with the latest edition of the New York Times. 

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A cart is loaded with finished papers. 

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