Behind the despatch area the fully automated Hoe “Double Sextuple Press” could print, cut, fold and deliver 24 page editions of the Herald at the rate of 56,000 copies an hour, or 12 page editions at 112,000 copies per hour! This was the largest press in the world at the time, introduced in 1903 by the firm of R. Hoe & Company of New York City and London.
In the early days of production the newspaper was created from Caxton’s patented hand presses. Steam powered presses were introduced in the 1840’s, capable of printing 1500 copies of a four-page newspaper per hour.
By accident or design, the completion of the new Herald premises coincided with the massive improvements in the technology behind newspaper production.