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50 Years Of In-Plant Graphics

In-Plant Graphics has been helping managers thrive for 50 years—ever since its inception as a 32-page digest called Offset Duplicator Review.

September 2001 By Bob Neubauer
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Back in 1951 in-plants were on the rise. World War II had ended and companies, concerned over confidentiality and timeliness, were eager to bring their printing in-house. Offset duplicators were becoming more affordable, as well.

All this was running through Richard F. Caruzzi's mind as he sat in his New York office, pondering his latest idea. Why not start a magazine for these offset duplicator operators?

Without even a publishing company to back him, Caruzzi set about getting subscribers and advertisers, then pulling together material for his creation.

In January 1951—50 years ago this month—the very first issue of Offset Duplicator Review hit subscribers' desks. Inside, Caruzzi admitted he was "proud but not smug" about the new magazine. "We have a long tough grind ahead of us before this thing becomes a truly going concern, but if you guys and gals...in fact all you folk interested in doing a good job with small offset equipment, pitch in with news, ideas, articles and just plain good wishes we're sure we will all benefit from Offset Duplicator Review."

His words still hit home today.

Half a century later, that same magazine is helping thousands of in-plant printers improve their operations. From the rise of facilities management, to the threats and eventual acceptance of copiers, and on into the Internet age, In-Plant Graphics has been there, informing hundreds of thousands of in-plant printers over the years.

A lot has changed since Caruzzi's first issue. Let us take you back in time for a look at how the magazine—and the in-plant industry—has changed.

The First Issue

By today's standard's Caruzzi's debut issue wasn't much—just a 32-page, 6x9˝ pamphlet printed in black-and-white, except for some red ink on the cover. Articles covered the benefits of using veloxes (photographic prints made from halftone negatives), how to create photo montages (just grab your scissors) and the dangers of using too much paper in the office.

The first in-plant profiled was Alcoa Steamship Co., which used a Multilith 1250 (an ancient device; surely today's in-plants have never heard of it). Yearly subscriptions were $3.50—one of the few cases in which the price has actually gone down, since most of you now get IPG for free. There weren't many ads in that first issue—just three. By the end of the year we were up to four—with a half page of classified.
 

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