14 July 2010

Today's word is repair

15 comments:

finallyiamnoone said...

isn't this rather a weaving loom?
with the remains of Mr Watkins, of course;)

Ross Horsley said...

It's interesting... I thought that too, but the original dictionary is convinced it's a printing press and, lacking any knowledge of 1950s industrical machinery, who am I to argue?!

Scaryduck said...

Of course, back in the old days before they invented paper, all books had to be knitted. So you're both right.

Ross Horsley said...

Pffffffff! :-D

callisto said...

Spell checking was a lot harder back then.

Goueznou said...

"To shreds, you say? How's his wife taking it? . . . To shreds, you say?"

(How many will get that reference?)

Anonymous said...

I surely hope many will. It's so globvious.

Tambour Major said...

Love it !

I guess the workman fingers what's going wrong with the printing press...

dadoctah said...

work, works

Cheung works making clothing.

After work he will go to Wal-Mart.

After work, the clothing he makes will go to Wal-Mart too.

FJL said...

My condolences to Mr. Watkins family, BUT, can it be a simpler, earlier version of a 'Linotype typesetting machine', a 'line casting' machine used in printing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linotype_machine

Nonetheless a gory, bloody mess in all.

Cirrocumulus said...

The pictures are charmingly old fashioned. Nowadays they'd clean him out with a pressure washer.

This entry doesn't strike the surreal note I love so much: it's gory but realistic.

Ross Horsley said...

Cirrocumulus: That pressure washer reference certainly takes it into the surreal territory for me... God, I can't get the image out of my head now! 8-o

Thanks for the research, FJL! And to callisto for making me snigger.

Lyndon said...

I think the trick is to imagine a lot more machine to the right that they haven't bothered drawing.

A linotype machine is/was for making and assembling the type in lines. You then take those and put them in your printing press. The rollers going out the top are for carrying the roll of paper to the next press that prints the other side of the pages or to the machine that folds it.

I'm no expert but it looks a bit like this chap has pulled the plate out of the machine and is fiddling with that. Making a late correction to some embarassing typo (or inserting abuse of his employer) rather than repairing.

KevinT said...

SNAG, SNAGGED

The other pressmen are angry with Bert. They will not SNAG their quarterly accident-free-job bonuses. Bert had to go and get SNAGGED in the press.

Ray Watkins said...

I watching my hands the next time I go weaving...