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PRINTING PROCESSES - THE LETTERPRESS (2)

V. Ryan 2002 - 2016

 

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With the addition of a handle and hinge mechanism, a letterpress capable of more accurate work can be made. These were seen in the early days of printing in medieval times. Early books were produced page by page using this technique.

   

Ink is first applied to the letter or shape with a roller and the paper is then placed between the top and bottom parts of the press. The top part of the press is then pushed down onto the paper and the ink is transferred from engraved letter. When the paper is removed the printed letter can clearly be seen. This process can be repeated continually producing large numbers of printed papers. The letters can be quite small, allowing pages of text to be printed. This was one of the earliest forms of printing press.

   
   
 
   

Describe the printing process outlined above, using diagrams and notes for each stage.

 

   

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