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Finding aid to the San Francisco Web Pressmen Photograph Album
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Photo album consisting of images of web pressmen at work printing San Francisco newspapers, on break and posing with co-workers, and spending leisure time together on recreational outings. The album documents the pressmen's working environment, including web press machinery and ink-stained clothes, and hunting, fishing, and clam-digging trips taken throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and greater California, and San Diego.
Printers in early America were the first craftspeople to form local unions and they formed the first International Union in 1852 called the International Typographical Union (ITU), originally named National Typographical Union. Technological advancements transformed the printing industry in the late 1800s and by the turn of the century several separate printing unions had emerged or seceded from the ITU, including the International Printing Pressmen's Union of North America, from which the San Francisco Web Pressmen's Union most probably evolved. All the printing unions were joined together by 1983 under the name Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU). In 2005, the GCIU merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The printers have their own segment within the Teamsters called Graphic Communications Conference.
1 album (30 pages); 26.5 x 53 cm.
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Collection is open for research.