The Lost Art of Paste-Up

Arranging and rearranging a magazine’s layout before it goes to press is all done on computers now. But in the years before desktop publishing software, the work of cutting and pasting required a sharp scalpel, a parallel-motion board and plenty of glue.

As the London Review of Books celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back at what paste-up used to involve in the early years of the paper. Flashing her blade is Bryony Dalefield, who has been doing paste-up for the LRB, in both its gluey and digital forms, since the early 1980s.