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- A low table, typically placed in front of a sofa
- (Coffee Tables) While any small and low table can be, and is, called a coffee table, the term is applied particularly to the sets of three or four tables made from about 1790; of which the latter were called 'quartetto tables'.
- A coffee table, also called a cocktail table, is a style of long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of a sofa, to support beverages (hence the name), magazines, feet, books (especially coffee table books), and other small items to be used while sitting, such as coasters.
- A machine for printing text or pictures onto paper, esp. one linked to a computer
- (printer) someone whose occupation is printing
- (printer) a machine that prints
- A person whose job or business is commercial printing
- (printer) (computer science) an output device that prints the results of data processing
- physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together; "he used a large book as a doorstop"
- Reserve accommodations for (someone)
- a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
- engage for a performance; "Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo"
- Reserve (accommodations, a place, etc.); buy (a ticket) in advance
- Engage (a performer or guest) for an occasion or event
Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop
In this age of digital media, the handcrafted ethic and aesthetic of a Hatch Show Print poster is beyond compare. Country musicians and magicians, professional wrestlers and rock stars, all have turned to Nashville's historic Hatch Show Print to create showstopping posters. Established in 1879, Hatch preserves the art of traditional printing that has earned a loyal following to this day (including the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, and the Beastie Boys). Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop is the first fully illustrated tour of this iconic print shop and also chronicles the long life and large cast of employees, entertainers, and American legends whose histories are intertwined with it. Complete with 190 illustrations--as well as a special book jacket that unfolds to reveal an original Hatch poster on the reverse--Hatch Show Print is a dazzling document of this legendary institution.
Not widely known is railroad involvement in early development of plotter and printer technology. Shown at work on the Atlantic Coast Line around 1930, in “G” scale, it was necessary to recruit dwarf Chinese elves to operate this equipment. Many lost their lives performing the hazardous labor. Given the high-pressure atmosphere of industrial design, boiler explosions were common. Unlike Irish leprechauns, the Chinese were considered expendable by railroad robber barons. ACL management had hoped to eliminate a draftsman position in the Engineering Department with this innovation. The ramifications for the industry would be much, much more.
The idea caught on. Always looking for new ways to reduce forces, a brash young VP-Engineering, D. W. Brosnan, was so impressed that he ordered 1000 Baldwin File Drivers for use on Southern Railway. He later experimented with having SR's Pegram Shops modify one to take shorthand, so he could fire his secretary, who had mistakenly put sugar in his coffee one morning. (He wanted his coffee to reflect his management style—cold and bitter.) Unfortunately, Chinese characters kept popping up in File Driver output documents, especially when drawing curves, causing an unacceptably high error rate. (As evidenced by erasers in foreground.) World War II brought rationing of rubber, which caused most File Drivers to be mothballed for its duration. However, many saw European service under Lend-Lease, drafting war plans. Secretary of State George Marshall praised File Drivers' invaluable contribution to the war effort in drawing up plans for the D-Day invasion.
The postwar period between 1945-1950 proved to be the high water mark in File Driver development and use. Anxious to recover from wartime constraints on improvements to infrastructure and rolling stock, railroads seemed to have an insatiable need for engineering plans.
Not everyone was in love with File Drivers, however. One returning veteran, who prior to the war had been an apprentice draftsman on the Chesapeake & Ohio, vowed not to share a drafting table with what he derisively called, “that tinker toy.” Before doing so, he insisted he would, “Die with my pencil in my hand!” In a contest hastily arranged by C&O public relations, he took on one of the road’s File Drivers. This time man beat machine, turning out an incredible 23 blueprints in an eight-hour period, compared to the File Driver’s 19, but it was a pyrrhic victory. By the end of the shift, the young draftsman suffered from a case of writer’s cramp so intense that co-workers had to pry loose his fingers from his pencil. The next day, company physicians pronounced it the worst case of carpal tunnel in medical history. His drafting career was over.
This period also saw the pinnacle in File Driver design evolution. Determined to stay on the cutting edge, the Pennsylvania Railroad looked for ways to squeeze ever more productivity out of their vast fleet of File Drivers. Realizing that some managers were reluctant to fully utilize File Drivers because of their dowdy appearance, famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy was enlisted to give them a facelift. The design he chose, based upon the natural contours and flow of the human hand, was breathtaking to behold, and so lifelike that it was said to be the source of inspiration for Charles Addams’ character, “Thing,” in his “Addams Family” series. But crews found the design ergonomically impossible to digest, and faced with their intractable opposition, Pennsy had no choice but to stay with the traditional File Driver look.
Pennsy engineers did achieve a breakthrough in one area—the pencil itself. Managers had longed for a solution to the persistent problem of short lead life. Early stopgap attempts at rectification via ever sharper and longer points proved futile, since any gains were offset by an increase in broken point incidence. This had been particularly vexing for the Pennsylvania, given its well-deserved reputation for high-speed drafting. Designers in Altoona finally arrived at a solution: the world’s first workable “mechanical” pencil.
When unveiled in early 1947 (see, “Pennsy Engineers Discover New Way To Put Lead In Their Pencils,” March 1947 “Choo-Choo” magazine), among the first to see the handwriting on the wall were officials of the International Brotherhood of Sharpeners United, who foresaw the loss of hundreds of jobs at the Juniata Pencil Turning Works. A union-sanctioned slowdown followed, and thousands of hours of productivity simply evaporated while crews whiled away whole days working on the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle. Some were even so brazen as to play tic-tac-toe. After an incensed President Harry S. Truman complained to Congress that the union was, “Doodling with America’s future,” he asked for sweeping legislation granting authority to use the Army Corps of Engineers to seize control of railroad engineering operations. A Presidential Emer
Via Veritatis Book Jacket
By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
The life and ministry of Cebu’s second “Prince of the Church,” Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, was finally made known to the public last Tuesday in a grand celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of his elevation to the cardinalate. A short film and a 200-page coffee table book, “Via Veritatis: The Life and Ministry of Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal” were launched at the Waterfront Lahug amidst pomp and ceremony attended by the cardinal’s fellow bishops led by Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of Manila, the papal nuncio Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams and Bishop Nereo Odchimar, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Via Veritatis, in English, “The Way of Truth,” is taken from the Cardinal’s Episcopal motto, “Viam Veritatis Elegi (I have chosen the way of Truth),” which succinctly captures the contents of the book commissioned by Fr. Agustin Ancajas, his erstwhile secretary, as well as the film by renowned television director Louie Ignacio. On pain of being accused of tooting my own horn, as it were, I would like the readers to allow me to share the experience I had in working on the book as its editor-in-chief and co-author.
Writing Via Veritatis was more than just a privilege. It is also a testament to cooperation, collaboration and commitment. When Fr. Ting Ancajas requested me late last year to write the biography of His Eminence, I immediately agreed. After all, we had just launched Balaanong Bahandi, the book which took only six months of research, writing and photography to produce.
Last Tuesday, I stood proud to say that we broke that record. We began the book with interviews of the cardinal in February this year. Despite his very hectic schedule, His Eminence graciously agreed to adjust his weekly rest day to accommodate four sessions spread in four weeks. And so the book is a product of just three months of intense cellphone calls, document and photo scanning, late night conferences, and sleeping at dawn to start the day four hours thereafter.
For this no mean feat, I wish to acknowledge the authors, therefore, the same ones I worked with in Balaanong Bahandi. My colleagues in the archdiocesan heritage commission, Louella “Loy” Alix and Trizer Dale Mansueto, were up to this challenge and did not fail us. The same is true for the principal photographers Mark Andrew Jorolan and Lorens Gibb Lapinid who were also as committed in this latest work as with Balaanong Bahandi. Gibb and Mark were the real heroes of this book, working long hours well into the morning. Gibb worked on the design and layout the book. Of course, it helped that we had a printer, ClintKAMMS Corp., that accepted our work for printing with only 19 days left before the launching.
The good thing was that we were not charged any rush hour fees, something which would probably have happened with other printing companies (worse, we could have been turned down for giving them so little time). All in God’s time, as the Bible says. Of course, all these would have been nothing if not for our boss, the person who really commissioned this work, Fr. Agustin “Ting” Ancajas who almost literally moved heaven and earth to get this work out a day before the launching.
There are so many more people to thank but space no longer permits. And books have to be sold. I guess the best way to know if we’ve accomplished our task, reached our goal and showed the way of truth that His Eminence has chosen is for you to buy a copy, or better still buy a thousand copies of the book. Then you will help fund the Pope John Paul II Home for Retired Priests, one of the many legacies of the cardinal that you will find in the book.
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