CHARLES DOBIE : LOCAL HISTORY TORONTO, ONTARIO Photos by Charles Dobie
Toronto Star newspaper, Toronto, Ontario.
I worked at the Toronto Star for 27 years, starting in the fall of 1964. I rarely took
my camera to work except the few times I covered demonstrations on my own in the hopes of getting the photos published
(never happened). The first photo is of John McDonald, a sports writer, then later in the 1980's, a travel writer.
Photos 2 to 8 were taken in the composing room of the Star, and show film production
and paste-up of the classified ad pages. It was an early stage in this process because they
were still using punched paper tape to run the photo-typesetters rather than connecting them directly to the computer.
Photo 1. The late John McDonald about 1970. At that time he was a sports writer.
Photo 2. The typesetting instructions generated by the computer were punched out on paper tape
and then fed into the photo-typesetter to create black text on white film.
Photo 3. It looks like a half page of stock exchange listings coming out of the film developer.
Photo 4. The film from the typesetter is pasted into place and artwork applied.
Photo 5. The film from the typesetter is pasted into place and artwork applied.
Photo 6. George holds up a completed page of classified ads ready to be sent to the engraving
department to be turned into a printing press plate.
Photo 7. Meanwhile, the Star's front page has been revised and is locked up for the next edition.
At this time, all but the classified pages and stock listings were "hot metal" type.