Friday, December 18, 2009

The Miami Herald Press

The day after Thanksgiving, Elaine, our hostess had to go in to work at the Miami Herald. She had some last minute errands to run for an event she was planning called "The Herald Hunt". At 6AM every female in the house made a bee line to the mall to shop on Black Friday. Elaine came back from the shopping madness and as agreed she took me to the Herald to sketch the printing press. She was a bit nervous about getting me in since security was beefed up in the building.
Shown in the sketch is the silent room where workers periodically check to see if the printing press needed adjusting. They would leave the room and run up the steps to make adjustments to the press. The foreman suggested I wear earplugs and I took his suggestion. The noise is deafening. A long line of printed items flowed up a conveyor belt through a hole in the ceiling. Elaine explained that papers are bound up on this upper floor. Sketching opportunities were endless. I walked past the machinist shop and sparks were flying as the machinists worked.
After a while the foreman stopped by and looked over my shoulder. Rather than try to shout over the noise, he gave me a thumbs up.

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Brian Feldman said...

Were ear plugs really enough, though? Sounds like you would want headphones in a room that loud.

Speck said...

Very cool sketch! I've been eagerly waiting for it since you mentioned it around Thanksgiving. It was worth the wait!

Your pen seems to be your passport to some of the neatest places ordinary folks would never get to see. Thanks for sharing your adventures.