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    1937: Linotype operators. Linotypes used a 90-character keyboard and set an entire line of type. The line, known as a slug, was cast in lead. Once used, the slugs were melted and the lead was reused.

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    1937: The Press Herald building at 177 Federal Street

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    1937: Printing presses, with Evening Express coming off presses in the basement of the Federal Street building.

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    1939: Soldiers reading the Portland Press Herald.

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    1937: Typesetters composing pages

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    1937: Portland Press Herald newspaper assembly production.

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    1941: Shoeshine boy reading the latest headlines on the news board, outside Portland Press Herald building's Federal Street entrance.

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    1948: Guy P. Gannett switches on new Hoe presses in Portland Press Herald pressroom.

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    1937: Yes! We did once have our own band.

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    1947: Portland Press Herald building (Gannett Building), 177 Federal Street, viewed from northeast on Federal Street. Portland City Hall at right.

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    1947: Full exterior view of Davis Building (David Block), 390 Congress Street. Building is boarded up prior to demolition.

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    1947: The empty lot left by the demolition of the Davis Block immediately prior to the construction of the Press Herald annex.

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    1948: The newly completed extension to the building with the address 390 Congress.

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    1937: Press Herald/Evening Express photographers with their cameras in front of a wall of their photographs. First on the left is Milt Morrison. Second from the right is Gardner M. Roberts, who became chief photographer for the Press Herald.

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    1940: Top news stories for passersby downtown.

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    1940s: Newsroom. Copy editor smoking a cigarette in the rear left is Jack Murphy.

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    1945: "News of the Day" boards, outside Portland Press Herald building, in August as the end of the war was anticipated.

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    1937: Press Herald/Evening Express copy desk. Although the photo is damaged, the traditional arrangement of the copy desk can be seen with the person doing the job of 'slot' sitting in the hole of the desk to the left. The slot man oversaw and distributed stories to be edited. The men working as 'rimmers' are sitting on the outside of the table copyediting stories.

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    1948: City Editor Ernest Chard and "Johnny Morris" in the newsroom. "Johnny Morris" was a figure in the "Call for Philip Morris" advertising campaign. It is unclear whether he was actually delivering cigarettes. Smoking was allowed in the newsroom and fires in waste baskets were common. Chard worked for the Press Herald from 1937 to 1977, beginning as a police reporter then night city editor, day city editor and finally executive editor.

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    1940: Top news stories of the day posted at the Federal Street entrance.

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    1957: Press Herald reporter at desk, with typewriter, using carbon paper to make two copies.

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    1946: Maritime Union picketing Portland Press Herald.

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    1948: Second floor newsroom at 390 Congress on the Middle Street side of the building.

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    1947: Benjamin K. Preslie. Elderly "newsboy" with Portland Press Herald newspapers.

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    1937: Men loading the Gannett plane with bundles of Portland Press Herald newspapers.

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    1948: Geary W. West poses on Federal Street by the daily headlines.. West, is holding a new delivery satchel and is sitting on a bicycle which he won from the paper.

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    1960: A trio of Portland Press Herald carriers boys, near Broadway Pharmacy in Pleasantdale in South Portland.

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    1942: Paul Grindle on an Portland Press Herald delivery motor bike.

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    1937: Reading the Portland Press Herald, in front of Union Station.

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    1956: Boy delivering Press Herald newspapers on horseback.

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    1957: Barbara Gaylord playing tennis, wearing skirt made of Portland Press Herald newspapers.

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    1957: Dachsund reading a newspaper, with Sputnik story on front page of Portland Press Herald.

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    1948: Pressmen in the basement of 390 Congress near the new Hoe presses.

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    1948: Portland Press Herald new printing press installation.

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    1965: Protests in 1965 were not limited to the Vietnam War. These picketers outside Press Herald building were apparently upset that the comic strip 'Peanuts' had been dropped from the Maine Sunday Telegram.

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    1948: One of the new presses being lowered into the basement of the original Press Herald building on the Middle Street side.

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    1948: Guy P. Gannett presses a button to start the new presses.

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    1955: Dog at typewriter in Press Herald newsroom. It is unclear if the dog was a special correspondent of just an example of journalism's roguish anthropomorphism in the 1950s.

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