THE GOOD OLD DAYS: Eric Anderson shows off old printing equipment from the 1950s at a new City Printing Works display at The Heritage Village.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS: Eric Anderson shows off old printing equipment from the 1950s at a new City Printing Works display at The Heritage Village. Allan Reinikka Rokapress

Rocky gets a glimpse of what printing was like 50 years ago

ERIC Anderson has seen the printing business change over the past 51 years, from using hot metal print to now doing everything by computer.

The 69-year-old first started in his family's printing business when he was just a teenager.

"My mum told me one day to go out to work with my dad, and that was it," Eric said.

Eric's grandfather started City Printing Works 111 years ago, when it first opened its doors in East St, and published a weekly paper called The Critic until 1931.

Now the public can catch a glimpse into the world of printing, with Eric and his sons setting up a permanent working display of printing machinery at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

The display was ready in time for Australia Day yesterday, and showed off printing presses from the 1950s.

"As our machinery became outdated we stored it off site," Eric explained.

The display includes machinery that was used in the entire printing process including typesetting, paper guillotine, printing presses and paper folding.

Posters, books and brochures that City Printing Works made decades ago cover the walls.

Eric said the reason their business has made it through the generations, is because they've "changed with the times".

The printing display is at the Heritage Village's Charles St.



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