Relics bring back memories
WARWICK residents and former Daily News staff members, Rex Baguley and Ron Bryant, spent yesterday morning reminiscing among the machines and tools that filled most of their working lives.
Mr Baguley said once the machines and equipment the men had learnt and perfected their craft on became outdated, they were put to good use at the Warwick and District Historical Society Museum.
“Most of the equipment was obsolete as far as printing was concerned as they transitioned from hot metal to cold press,” Mr Baguley said.
“Rather than just dump everything, they decided they would donate it to the museum,” he said.
“It was set up as an educational project because it was too valuable – as far as history's concerned – to just throw it to the dump.”
Mr Baguley compares his former job as a compositor to that of architect, saying it required building something from scratch.
When asked if the machine would still work, Mr Baguley scoffed “of course it will – it will do things a modern machine can't”.