RETRO: The changing times of The Star and Morning Telegraph

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It is one of Sheffield’s oldest names, right up there with its football clubs, and it has a long history at the heart of the community.

But The Star and its offices – also home to the Morning Telegraph and Sheffield Telegraph over the years – have gone through many, many changes in that time,

This week we peek into The Star’s vault to have a look at how the process of reporting in a major city has changed over the centuries since The Star was born in 1887.

The earliest photograph, top left, is of a time when reporters had to write out their stories by hand. Given that editions could run to thousands of words and, in those days, there were multiple editions per day, it must have been gruelling work.

Also pictured is an enormous, room-sized contraption that was used in the 1960s. This mammoth machine was used to set up the printing presses when the papers were printed in the basement of The Star’s York Street building.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Star supported an entire floor of accounting staff as well as hundreds of journalists and a fleet of copytakers.

Typewriters replaced handwriting and the number of editions dropped, and then of course computers and the internet happened.

But The Star is still getting to the heart of issues in Sheffield, 129 years later.