1950s bookbinder's workshop bookbinding Cieszyn sewing

Machine for sewing blocks with wire

The sound of sewing a paper block in the machine for sewing blocks with wire. It was manufactured by the Polygraph company in Leipzig (Germany) in the mid-twentieth century. The sound of the machine was recorded in the Printing Museum in Cieszyn (Poland).
The machine sews subsequent sheets of paper with wire brackets. It is composed of a table on which the sheets intended for sewing are placed, wire feeding mechanism and a device forming wire brackets. Before the technique of sewing blocks with wire became popular, looms were commonly used for manual book sewing.

Sound recordist: Monika Widzicka
Photographer: Piotr Leszczyński
Video recordist: Piotr Leszczyński


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Recorded on November 24, 2014
Printing Museum
Cieszyn, POLAND
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