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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Throwback Thursday: Work Stations, Then And Now...


Pictured above is my first "work station" at the Kent & Sussex Courier, in Tunbridge Wells, circa 1985, back when, fresh from school and still wet behind the ears, I began work as a "cub reporter".

Note the typewriter, kiddies. No computers back then. Stories were typed on A5 sheets of paper, with a sheet of carbon paper underneath so a duplicate of your story could be saved in the files (when we remembered to put the carbon paper in the right way round).

The top of each page would have your name and the story name; if there was a picture you marked the first page with the word "pic" and, if it was a submitted picture (rather than one taken by the staff photgraphers) you'd write on the back of it, sometimes on a piece of sticky pink tape if you wanted the picture returned, the name of story it went with.

I seem to recall that the first page of each story was reserved for the first paragraph (the "intro"), then the rest of the story would go on subsequent sheets (usually about three or four paragraphs per page). Every numbered page would end with "cont./", except the last page which was marked "ends".

Pictured below is my current "work station", upstairs in the gamesroom, where I craft the majesty that is HeroPress.

You will see that 30 years later, the technology may have changed but the disorganised mess endures.

4 comments:

  1. A lot tidier than mine and you don't have a cat on it.

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    1. Thankfully Alice is more a lap dog than a keyboard dog!

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  2. the top image looks a lot like my work area....though do not have a bulletin board.... ( my walls are covered in pics and posters ... mostly Joker)

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    1. I miss my old typewriter. There was a certain elegance to using a typewriter (despite the constant key jamming, the worn out ink ribbons etc) that a computer lacks. Perhaps I need to ask Santa for one of those retro/steampunk keyboards that emulate typewriters?

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