Advert For John Fenton, Printer, Engraver & Stationer
Printer: Fenton, John
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for John Fenton, printer, engraver and stationer. One traditional characteristic of the printing industry has been the very small size of the majority of printing works. Until the end of the 19th century when a few larger companies took over, many printers consisted of a master and his apprentices. Few printing works were built for the job and they were often located on 1 or 2 floors of the master’s house, adapted for the purpose. Printers worked long hours, usually from 6am until as late as 10pm and in order to meet deadlines they often went without sleep, working until the job was complete. Despite these conditions printers were better off than many other industrial workers, they belonged to chapels or unions, were well educated and had opportunities to meet authors and clients, some of them of great distinction.