Paste Up Day – a day to celebrate the old method of preparing a publication for print. #PasteUpDay
Newspapers and publications before the electronic age of sending a pdf to the printers, used a paste up method to prepare pages for print. The classifieds were flowed around advertisements. Below is an example of a paste up board with pages being pasted up.
Celebrated annually on May 7th. I am not sure how or when this holiday was started. But here is some more info about this practice.
Usually a wax or a glue stick was used to adhere the pasted up documents. Items were printed to size and printed on a laser printer and then trimmed down tight to fit the column inches of the publication.
When I worked at Star Publications, the classifieds were pasted up, along with the advertisement on the page. I had to help paste up and flow the classifieds around the advertisements. At The Knoxville Journal, they pasted up the legal notifications.
Today, the paste up process is done on a computer and the files sent electronically usually a a portable document file known as a PDF. Most publications use either Quark Xpress or InDesign for this process.