PI’s 40th–We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

NOW–Printing Impressions – 480th issue, June 1998; a 100-plus-page, glossy tabloid, published monthly; national circulation of 89,327 subscribers; North American Publishing Co. (formerly Foster Publishing), Philadelphia; I.J. Borowsky, founder and chairman; Ned S. Borowsky, president and COO; Carl Lock, publisher; Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief.

In addition to Printing Impressions, there are two offshoot publications: Top Management News, a 24-page, full-color, first-of-the-month, news-only publication with a circulation of 15,000 senior-level printing executives; and Executive Briefing, a four-page, two-color, bimonthly newsletter with several hundred paid subscribers.

Serving the Graphics Arts
THEN–Objective: To provide graphic arts and allied industry executives with news, trends and selected articles of general trade interest.

Front-page News: “Assembled Cylinder Press Moved Intact—At the height of one of the worst winters to hit the Philadelphia area in recent years, Periodical Press accomplished one of the toughest jobs in the history of the company. They moved their entire plant in just 33 working days, an almost impossible task for a plant of such size.

“Walls were knocked out of their cramped building and 34 two-color, flatbed letterpress machines completely assembled, except for feeders and delivery tables, were swung out by giant cranes to waiting trucks…in addition, 80,000 square feet of composing room, bindery, make-up, proofing, remelting, storage and typesetting departments (including 17 Linotypes) had to be shifted on a tight, ’round-the-clock schedule.”

Feature Articles: Reportedly the second largest typographer in the country, Typographic Service—referred to by the trade simply as “Typo”—grew from its base of six original stockholders to include 17 partners.

In another story, new developments shown at DRUPA 1958 highlighted Mettenheimer copper plating and cylinder-making equipment for gravure printing; a line of high-speed letterpress machines from the Albert Frankenthal Co.; a new cutter equipped with an eight-station memory channel; gathering and stitching equipment from The Mueller Bindery; ALOS vertical copying cameras; and various electronic engraving devices from Dr. Ing. Rudolf Hell.

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