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114 posts
Oct 16, 2008
1:07 PM
Were they the same and the name just changed or were they two different places?

Never mind. I checked with the library and found they were two different companies but did merge although they can't find the date of the merger.

They closed in 1982 and were located at 2219 McCall St so guess I was wrong about the location of Riverview and Rosedale but I do know there was a large manufacturing plant there.

Last Edited by on Oct 16, 2008 2:31 PM
33 posts
Oct 17, 2008
7:29 AM
Actually McCalls was a magizine and McCalls printed Cosmo, Redbook and Hustler Magizine back in the 70's, then the name changed to Dayton Press and some customers were offended by Hustler and threatened to pull out if Hustler was'nt kicked out. That did happen and Hustler moved printing to California. Daton Press had 14 unions under one roof and the employees bought the company but it was too late and it went under. A lot of people lost there jobs and at that time unemploymemt was high. Bad times for sure because i worked with some good people from Dayton Press back then.
41 posts
Dec 03, 2008
8:53 PM
My Mother worked at McCalls in the bindery department. It was her first job outside the home in late 60's. I hated that she went back to work. The overwork ultimately led to her heart failure. Wow - haven't thought of that place in years.
101 posts
Dec 06, 2008
12:27 PM
My Grandpa worked in the cutting department at McCall's. He lost about 4 1/2 fingers total. I do remember Betsy McCall paper dolls that he would bring home that were extras from a run. When we go by the old area, I think of him and all the years he put in working hard.
Donald Tyrone Adams
1 post
Dec 11, 2008
8:21 PM
I worked at McCalls from Oct. 1957, until April, 1972.
What was your mothers name?
Donald Tyrone Adams
2 posts
Dec 11, 2008
8:32 PM
P,S,, I was also in the bindery. My email is
2 posts
Jan 19, 2010
12:23 PM
My husband worked in typography from '68-'73.
2 posts
Jan 28, 2010
11:38 AM
Both my grandmothers and my father worked at McCalls. Anyone remember McCalls Christmas parties at NCR.
7 posts
Feb 03, 2010
8:59 PM
I remember Betsy McCall and I think we still have a LP of her and some songs. My dad worked at McCalls / Dayton Press (Larry Supper), as did many of my Uncles. We have two magazine covers that my dad brought home. One saying that Agnew was the President and one saying that Nixon was the President ... Back covers are identical. My dad also played on a McCall bowling league & softball league. We have several type boxes from when the plant closed, as well as some printing type ... since my dad passed away soon after leaving McCalls, they are treasured items that allows me to have found memories of the work my dad did, in order for us to have a wonderful childhood. Did anyone out there know him?
1 post
Apr 07, 2010
1:45 PM
My grandpa worked at McCalls for approximately 43 years. He retired from Dayton Press in 1981. I'm not sure what dept he worked in, but his name was Alfred (Pooch) Vaught. I was looking for anyone who worked with him or knew him or may have any pictures he might be in.
14 posts
Feb 24, 2011
5:42 PM
I worked at McCall's from 1964 until 1970. In the presssom, first as a flyman, then working ink. I transferred into the customer service office responsible for all the printing instructions to print all the signatures for McCall's magazine. It was a very responsible job. I formulated the quantity to print, gave color OK's etc. I quit there in 1970-1971, moved to Chicago to go to work for another larger printing co.
40 posts
Feb 24, 2011
6:58 PM
My Grandfather & my Uncle both worked for McCall's in the 60's and 70's Last Name Richey. Somebody here might know them,Might be a good story we havent heard
mark miller
2 posts
May 19, 2011
1:01 PM
my dad ..james miller worked at mccalls..dayton press for many years im thinking from around 1958 or 1959 til around 1981 when he retired due to a heart attack...i remember he was a foreman..and he had quite a few girlfriends there as well..one i remember named billie gorden..any one know these people...my name is mark james millers son u can email me mmark477@aol.com
136 posts
May 23, 2011
7:42 AM
Does anyone remember Glen Bartlett and how is he doing?
20 posts
Jun 16, 2011
5:20 PM
I don't remember any of those names. There were so many people working there. It was a bee hive of activity.
1 post
Nov 30, 2011
9:11 AM
My dad worked at Dayton Press from the early 50's until they closed in the early 80's. Charles Perry - any recollections?
1 post
Jan 18, 2012
6:07 PM
Hi - My father, Eddie Rambo, worked at Mccalls from 1953 until he was killed in an automobile accident on his way to work with Robert Caldwell at the RR crossing near the plant in January 1969. If anyone remembers him, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you - Barbara
2 posts
Jan 26, 2012
10:19 AM
My father worked at McCalls before and after he went into the US Navy in 1951. He too started out as a flyboy, then went on to printing press, then a manager, his name was Ted Hill. He moved in 1976 to Chicago after they changed the name and ownership to Dayton Press too. He went to work for Hall Printing Compay and was over the Playboy magazine account. He died 2 years ago of Alzheimers. His friend Alma Kerns, worked in the office for over 30 years, she died last year of cancer. Both are gone.
3 posts
Jan 26, 2012
10:20 AM
I remember a Jim Miller that my dad used to bowl with at McCooks bowling lane or at the Varsity, is this the same Jim Miller? My Dad loved him to death.
6 posts
Apr 10, 2012
11:21 AM
anyone remember EDNA STRINGER worked in bindery @ mccalls around 60-80's
2 posts
May 08, 2012
11:54 AM
I worked at McCalls from 1961 to 1966. I worked in the subsciption department. Does anybody remember me or my sister Doris who also worked in the office portion. My name was Phyllis Buchanan and I was 18 when I started working there. E-mail me at:
I would love to hear from some of my old workmates.
8 posts
Nov 07, 2012
6:36 PM
I have an uncle who worked 3rd shift there back in the 70s. When it was McCalls and Dayton Press. Everett Matthews. Ring a bell for anyone?
2 posts
Jan 05, 2013
4:45 PM
My grandfather worked at mcCalls for years and retired in the 70's. His name was Gustav Wilde and I think he was a typesetter. I loved the Betsy McCall paperdolls also!
23 posts
Apr 03, 2013
2:25 PM
I too worked at McCalls on one of the web presses catching pages for Reader's Digest. That press was a monster. I'm guessing it was 67 or 68. I'm rather hazy about the dates, all I know is that the draft caught up with me so I didn't stay for long. Uncle Sam sent me a letter to report for my draft physical in Cincinnati.
1 post
Nov 21, 2013
11:54 AM
Dad. Larry Helton worked until closing, one of young retired ones! He worked bindery and was union rep. He also cohosted reunion picnic for years with Ed Christ.
22 posts
Nov 22, 2013
5:52 AM
My father and his brother worked at McCalls for years. My dad left before it closed and started an insulation installation company.
His brother worked there until it closed down.
McCalls provided work for many folk in the Dayton area back in the day!

Is the building still standing?
joey m
150 posts
Nov 22, 2013
1:50 PM
Worked there 61 to 63. Hired in to the press room started on popular science pres Worked for Pappy Luers. One night we were webbing the pres and I had been there for only about two months and they told me to try it for the first time. You had to lay on your back on top of one of the drying ovens, as they ahnded me the web to put over a giant wqater roller I dropped the web paper and not thinking reached for itand there was another roller on the other side. Long story short it took my arm up to the shoulder before they stopped. I almost lost my arm.
14 posts
Nov 24, 2013
3:03 PM
It has been gone for years. Last time I past there the parking lot looked like a forest.
1 post
Feb 01, 2014
6:45 PM
My mother-n-law Freda Neace worked at McCalls from about 1961-1963? I don't remember what shift but I think it something to do with coping pictures not sure, she is gone now.
8 posts
Feb 01, 2014
10:30 PM
My dad didn't work at McCalls but did work for them. He worked at Dayton Process Engravers until he retired in '83. I believe the owners name was Gus Brunsman.
daughter for info
1 post
May 13, 2014
5:39 PM
My father, Mark Hammond, worked at McCalls around 1969-1971. I am not sure what position he held. He supposedly died in early 1971, 2 months before I was born. He met my mother, Susie Hess at McCalls. Does anyone have any info on Mark Hammond? I know there has to be someone or something that can give me a lead to learning more about him and that side of my family.
Steve Milano
1 post
Sep 15, 2014
12:28 PM
My grandfather was supposedly the 2nd or 3rd shift foreman at McCalls. His name was JOHN MILLER.

He retired in 1976 and died in 1978
Here is a link to a photo of him below.

if you copy the http link above and post it into the browser address field it will come up with his photo.

Does anyone remember him? Do you have any stories or memories you could tell me of him. I was 8years old when he passed

Last Edited by Steve Milano on Sep 15, 2014 12:29 PM
8 posts
Oct 29, 2014
4:33 AM
Anyone remember Herb Gray? He worked at McCall's for 35 years along with his brother in law Lester Billington, a big bruiser of a guy. Herb was good friends with a gentleman named Joe Ventura.
12 posts
Oct 29, 2014
4:42 AM
I graduated from Belmont. I remember that one of my classmates had a part time job at McCalls and brought early issues of Hustler to high school. It was quite an eye opener for a 17 year old who had led a pretty sheltered life.
Bob '62
1 post
Jan 23, 2015
3:13 PM
Herb Gray was my Dad and Lester Billington,Jr. was my uncle. My grandmother, Kate Billington, also worked there, as well as my Mother, Betty Billington Gray. Sadly, all are gone now. I knew Joe and Bonnie Ventura very well and remember some of their kids!
504 posts
Jan 23, 2015
4:24 PM
Hi Bob62,
Welcome to Dayton History
177 posts
Jan 23, 2015
7:24 PM
Steve, I think we have talked before. I remember Mr. Miller very well. He didn't stand for any nonsense. He would argue at the drop of a hat. Nice guy though. He just didn't tolerate any funny business.

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