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"It also makes it a lot easier for the press operators," he says. "It lets them concentrate completely on the job at hand, rather than worrying about the next setup. That keeps production going and puts the focus on quality."
Lakeside Classics Turn 100 in 2002
CHICAGO—A holiday tradition celebrated its 100th anniversary at R.R. Donnelley last month.
For the last 100 years, Donnelley has been bestowing literary classics, collectively called The Lakeside Classics book series, as a holiday gift to employees, customers, retirees, stockholders and friends of the company. The centennial tome in December 2002 was "Narrative of the Coronado Expedition" by Pedro de Castana of Najera.
Though the book-giving tradition is 100 years old, it contained a new twist as a Classics edition was printed in two languages—Spanish, along with English.
The tradition originated in 1903. The previous year T.E. Donnelley, son of founder Richard Robert Donnelley, had received a holiday gift of straight-edged razors personalized with his name. The sender was an old college friend and a member of the Gillette family.
Fascinated by the tie-in between the gift and the manufacturer, T.E. Donnelley decided to come up with a memorable gift that recipients would associate with the Windy City printing giant. Thus, in 1903, the first edition in the annual series was launched, "The Autobiography of Ben Franklin."
Most early volumes consisted of speeches and writings from notable Americans. The 1911 release of "The Autobiography of Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard" set the tone for future installments in the series, making them first-person narratives of American history, mostly taken from rare, out-of-print books.