The above image is taken from the cover of a manual for Hamada's 500/600 series presses, published in 1974. One of the interesting things about this manual is that it was printed entirely on a Hamada 550! Now that's walking the talk. This is also a great example of manual, pre-digital graphic design, using two simple but striking spot colors.
When I come across old operator's manuals like this I like to snatch them up if I have the opportunity to do so, even if I'm not currently running the machine described within. You never know when you might meet a printer who needs just that manual- then it becomes a fantastic gift!
One of the ideas for this blog is to scan all the manuals I've collected and post them as free downloadable PDFs. In time, I suppose.