Vineyard Gazette History

Invitation to Martha's Vineyard

This issue of the Vineyard Gazette is an invitation particularly addressed to all those who have never visited Martha’s Vineyard. They will be welcomed to the Island this year, whether they choose to come for a weekend, for a real vacation, or for the entire season.

Martha's Vineyard's Own Newspaper Vineyard Gazette Will Appear Every Tuesday, Every Friday

Watch For It On the News-Stands!

Beginning with the issue of Thursday, June 25, the Vineyard Gazette will be published twice a week---every Tuesday and every Friday--during the summer season of 1929. This twice-a-week publication will make possible better service to summer readers and the summer advertisers. The improvement is in line with the growing importance of Martha’s Vineyard as a summer resort and will make the Island newspaper a greater factor in Island progress.

Gazette Installs High Speed Press

This issue of the Vineyard Gazette is printed upon a new Duplex flat bed web perfecting press, installation of which was completed this week. The new press is of an advanced type, designed for newspaper printing. It feeds from roll paper of a standard size, prints from type forms upon flat beds, an delivers papers of 4, 6 or 8 pages completely folded in either half or quarter page size ready for mailing. Its running speed under actual working conditions in the Gazette pressroom at somewhat more than 3,000 8 page papers an hour.

New Vineyard Gazette Press Prints from Roll Paper and Type Forms at Speed of 3000 Papers an Hour

This is the way the Vineyard Gazette’s new Duplex flat bed web perfecting press appears in the addition to the Gazette office which was built for it recently: The press rests upon a concrete foundation built to stand 20,000 pounds of dead weight and has a three foot pit under it. The motor driving the press is under the floor in the pit, on the side of the machine which does not show in the illustration.

Gazette Dresses Up and Plans for Expansion by Adding New Linotype

The Gazette has, since last week’s issue appeared, completely changed its clothes. The new type dress, by virtue of the installation of a new linotype machine, is not confined to the text of the paper but extends to headlines and most of the large display type in the advertisements.

Gazette Has New Press, Will Soon Move Office

A new printing press is being installed in a new Gazette office. In a few weeks the Gazette will change its headquarters from the old office at the corner of Main and Water streets to the building on Summer Street, owned by Mrs. Horace Vincent and formerly occupied as a Jewelry Store.

First Linotype Machine on the Island

The type from which these lines were printed was cast upon the Gazette’s linotype machine. The operator at the key-board simply struck the keys before her - much like the keys of a type-writer - touched upon a layer at the end of each line, and line by line the article appeared in type, ready to be printed.
For the past seventy-four-years the Gazette has been set each week by hand.

Vineyard Haven Office for The Gazette

The Gazette announces this week the opening of a Vineyard Haven office.
For a great many years this newspaper has carried under the heading on its front page these words: “Devoted to the interests of the six towns on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.”
In short the Gazette has always been an island newspaper, devoted to the interests of Martha’s Vineyard. Now this purpose may be made more real through active representation in Vineyard Haven.
Miss Hope R. Mayhew will represent the Gazette.

To The Public

With this issue of the Gazette the undersigned, after over thirty-two years’ occupancy of its editorial chair, vacates the same, having this week sold the paper and its goodwill to Henry Beetle Hough, a gentlemen, who, by reason of education, training and family tradition, will we believe carry the GAZETTE to a yet wider sphere of influence and to a high prosperity.
On assuming the position in March, 1888, and which we now resign, we did so with the aim to make the paper a welcome weekly visitor in the homes of the Vineyard, and to maintain, if possible, the high sta

To Our Readers

Today the Gazette comes before you under a new management. In assuming the responsibility of publishing the same we feel that we are accepting a public trust, which can be held only so long as we can fill it acceptably to the people of this town and county. This feeling comes to us when we remember how, week after week for many years, the paper has come to your firesides, until the people have learned to look upon it as one of the veteran institutions of the Island, to be sustained and supported accordingly.