Bob Zekas working on Food Ads

A color photograph of a fair skinned older man as he sits at a desk; he has brown hair, a mustache and glasses and he wears a striped, collared, button down shirt tucked into jeans. His hands rest on a large keyboard linked to a large, boxed computer monitor known as Raycomp. Behind him is a stand which hosts several newspaper clippings attached to it.

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Bob Zekas working on Food Ads


Deaf printer, Bob Zekas uses Raycomp to design newspaper ads for groceries.


As printing technologies transitioned, Raycomp was an early instance of computing used in the printing process. At The Washington Post, the transition began in the 1990s and multiple printing forms occurred simultaneously. Some Deaf printers worked on Raycomp, while others worked in Paste-up, on linotype machines or linotype monitors, proofing, TTS, Make-up, Ad Control, and the dark room.


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James Buemi, “Bob Zekas working on Food Ads,” DeafPrinters, accessed May 19, 2024,

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