I T U Lessons in Printing, Elements of Composition

By: International Typographical Union, Bureau of Education

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1927-1935. 48 parts in one volume. 8vo. 9 x 6 1/8 inches. 48 separately paginated pamphlets (full contents list available on request), illustrated with tools, equipment, furniture, engineering drawings and tables commonly found in a printing shop in the 1920s and 1930s; text clean, unmarked, 1 bifold loose in Unit II, Lesson 6. Red cloth, spine titled in gilt; binding a bit shaken, rubbed with shelf wear. Good. The International Typographical Union (ITU) was a US trade union for the printing trade for newspapers and other media. It was founded on May 3, 1852 in the United States as the National Typographical Union, and changed its name to the International Typographical Union at its Albany, New York convention in 1869 after it began organizing members in Canada. The ITU was one of the first unions to admit female members, admitting women members such as Augusta Lewis, Mary Moore, and Eva Howard in 1869. Typographers were educated, economically mobile, in every major urban center with newspapers, and had the unique possibility to influence publicity in favor of their cause. This led the ITU to the forefront of improving working conditions. ITU President W. B. Prescott led the ITU in 1897 to win a 48-hour work week and a standard wage scale for all printers. During the Great Depression, the ITU introduced the 40-hour work week across the industry at no cost to employers as a way to share the fewer jobs available. That ITU initiative spread to other unions and has since been codified across the labor sector by federal legislation in the United States, establishing the 40-hour work week. Each union print shop was a "Chapel" and the shop steward was the Chapel Chairman. All apprentices and journeymen had to have working cards showing paid union dues. This volume documents the ITU's interest in improving the skills and opportunities for members. This set of 48 Lessons, including Units 1 through 5 was either put together by an individual member of the union for their own professional development, or perhaps was put together by a local Chapel to ensure that individual members could access the resources they needed to advance in the trade. A rich resource for studying the tools, equipment, and practices of a print shop in the late 1920s and the early years of the Great Depression. Full contents list available upon request.

Title: I T U Lessons in Printing, Elements of Composition

Author Name: International Typographical Union, Bureau of Education

Categories: Type1218,

Publisher: Indianapolis, IN, International Typographical Union: 1927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: GG818-164

Keywords: International Typographical Union Bureau of Education, I T U Lessons in Printing, Elements of Composition, Typography, History of Printing, Education