Printing at Oxford University Press in the 1920s: Stereotyping

Stereotyping was invented in the 18th century to avoid the repeated setting of pages in type for reprints of a text. Using papier-mâché, a mould was taken from a bed of type and molten metal poured into it to create a metal plate. This process lay behind much mass printing in the 19th and 20th centuries.

These clips are from a silent film made in 1925 by the Federation of British Industry, illustrating industrial life and including the work of Oxford University Press. See more video clips on our Tumblr OUP Archive stream to learn about the History of Oxford University Press. OUP’s Archive Department collects, catalogues, and preserves all material of long-term importance associated with the Press’s commercial and social activities in Britain, from the 17th century to the present day.