Recently when I was in Historic Williamsburg, Virginia, I came across the city’s newspaper office. The setup was based on how a newspaper may have operated in the mid to later 1700’s.  Trays of type were laid out everywhere. The pieces were ready to be grabbed by the editor or, of course, the typesetter.

I’ve always been fascinated by the thought of typsetting. Early in our country’s history, type was set in reverse. Look at the type in this photo, which is ready to be used to print a handbill.

Then there is always the tried and true method, which involves a quill, a bottle of ink, and a steady hand.