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Centennial—The Christian Science Publishing Society

"as carefully as if I had been transporting the crown jewels"

From the September 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In celebrating the centennial year of The Christian Science Publishing Society, the Journal recognizes the many behind-the-scenes sacrifices involved in carrying out its healing mission. To illustrate, here is a brief excerpt from an early employee's reminiscence, one of several being published this year.

[In 1903, the Christian Science Publishing Society] had two typesetting machines at Huntington Avenue and for a time the Journal was mailed from downtown where the printing was done....The Publishing Society was fast outgrowing the rooms on Huntington Avenue, and in 1907 it was announced that they were to have a new home opposite The Mother Church Extension on the northwest corner of Falmouth and St. Paul Streets.... By the summer of 1908 the building was practically finished, so we packed up our things and moved in.

The Trustees and editors of the periodicals had rooms on the second and third floors at the front of the building and the printing was done in the basement, the first time our printing had ever all been done under our own roof. To Mr. [Ernest C.] Sherburne is due much of the credit for so successfully launching this phase of the work, for he was the first to supervise and look after the printing. When we started printing the Sentinel ourselves, I remember we had only one small press. After the pages had been printed, they had to be cut and trimmed by hand and then put on to another machine and stapled together, thus making three or four operations in place of the single operation on one machine today.

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