You young printers don't even tread pelts!

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"My first employment as an apprentice, beside cutting wood and making fires in the printing-office, was in 'treading pelts,' a duty of which the present generation of printers is growing up in ignorance. The balls, which have been succeeded by rollers, were made of green sheepskins, which had to undergo a sort of tanning process between your feet and the floor. It was a long and tedious operation, as every printer whose apprenticeship commenced previous to 1812 will attest. In 1814 dressed deerskin began to be used instead of pelts, but it required time to induce old printers to become reconciled to this innovation."

-- The Life of Thurlow Weed, including his autobiography, 1883

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