60 Years of In-plant Graphics
The first issue of Offset Duplicator Review, January 1951.
August 1971 issue of Reproductions Review. Love that '70s green.
Now it's Reproductions Review & Methods. Catchy.
In-Plant Reproductions: Finally, a name that rolls right off the tongue.
Brace yourself: this issue marks the 60th anniversary of In-plant Graphics. True, it’s gone through its share of name changes over the years (six, in fact), but the magazine you’re now holding in your hands traces its roots back to the January 1951 debut issue of Offset Duplicator Review.
Back then, founding editor/publisher Richard F. Caruzzi acknowledged that “We have a long, tough grind ahead of us before this thing becomes a truly going concern.”
He didn’t know the half of it.
Back in his day, when in-plant popularity was soaring, he could never have guessed at the challenges and threats that awaited his in-plant friends. And while he struggled to popularize the newfangled offset printing technology in the face of jeers from letterpress proponents, his jaw would have dropped had he known how drastically digital technology would eventually alter the world of print.
Over the past six decades, Caruzzi’s 32-page, 6×9˝ publication has grown and evolved into something far different than he’d ever imagined. It has both chronicaled the technology changes in the printing industry and offered advice to in-plant managers to help them improve their operations. For the past 60 years, IPG has unfailingly supported in-plants, proclaiming their successes, highlighting their advantages and strengthening their credibility.
Rather than recounting the magazine’s history—already well documented in our January 2001 issue (available online)—we thought we’d ask some of our readers how IPG has impacted them over their careers.
Arizona State University
In 1959, when I was a student in a college printing degree program, a regular assignment was to read the trade magazines and then discuss what we learned. Reproductions Review was a popular magazine that had a lot of information on the emerging offset printing technology.