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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Robert Smail and Sons

Robert Smail and Sons in Innerleithen, Scotland, was entrusted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1986, after 120 years of trading.
Smail's is now the last fully functioning Victorian letterpress print works left in Scotland, an industrial time capsule, it is a precious remnant of our history, a vital working example of how printing used to be done before the advent of computers.
Robert Smail's print works hails from a time when most small towns and villages would have had their own print works to meet all the communities publishing needs, it is a key part of the history of the printed word in Scotland.

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