Charles Betts and Joseph Lawrence

ID: SIA RU000371 [78-16584-27]

Creator: Hofmeister, Richard K

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1978

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: November 1978, Image No. 78-16584-27

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  • Charles Betts, job printer, and Joseph Lawrence, printer-in-charge, with a 40-year old linotype in the Government Printing Office print shop in the SI Services Center on North Capitol Street.
  • From Torch article: "The GPO shop was started in the Arts and Industries Building in 1917 and remained there, in what are now Smithsonian magazine offices, until 1970 when it was moved to a rented facility on Lamont Street. The shop took up quarters in the North Capitol Street Building in 1975. Under an agreement with the printing agency, Smithsonian reimbursed GPO for salaries and equipment and bought the paper other supplies...The shop used to be under the Editorial and Publications Section, which later became the SI Press. It has been part of the Office of Printing and Photographic Services since 1973, operating with four printing presses-one, an 'original' bought in 1918-and two Linotypes. Now the machines are gone-sold by bid, except for the 1918 press which has gone to the GPO museum. All the printing jobs were done by two people: [Joseph] Lawrence and job printer Charles Betts. When the shop opened in 1917, it was run by just one printer, and this continued until M. C. Ballard, who ran the shop from 1953 to 1973, brought in a second printer."


  • Betts, Charles
  • Lawrence, Joseph
  • United States Government Printing Office
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


  • Also known as 2002-32280.
  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," November 1978.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: November 1978, Image No. 78-16584-27

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1978
  • October 10, 1978

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Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [78-16584-27]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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