Early Dispatch (ca. 1920)

Eatonville's early printing press
Eatonville’s early printing press

The Eatonville Dispatch got its start in 1916. The press was possibly a 1908 Chandler & Price Gordon press.

Hard Work
There’s a video on YouTube that shows hand typesetting and printing in 1947. Within minutes you understand what work went into putting out a paper — long before the computer or printer.

1908 Printing Pree Ad
1908 Printing Pree Ad

When you see all the steps — espeically typesetting — that went into printing a paper, it’s amazing that there was time to write, layout, print and deliver the paper in a week.

Photo courtesy of Rick Parnell and the Parnell family.

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