John Dubsky in the Composing Room

A color photograph of a fair-skinned older man standing in a large composing room. He is wearing a plaid shirt tucked into jeans and glasses. He leans over a composing desk, intently focused while holding a knife with a retractable blade and a ruler to a large paper on the desk.

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John Dubsky in the Composing Room


Deaf employee, John Dubsky, leaning over the composing desk. With a ruler and exacto-knife, he is making-up the sports page.


Among the tools used by staff in the Composing Room were cutting tools. Cutters were used to trim type and images into sections to be arranged into page columns. These sections would then be adhered to a paper board and the completed page would be used to create a printing plate.


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James Buemi, “John Dubsky in the Composing Room,” DeafPrinters, accessed June 18, 2024,

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