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Ok, so I got my local ex-letterpress guy
( he now die-cuts ) to let me poke around
his warehouse at a date of my choosing.
In the corner of this rather large space under
a layer of dust and dust bunnies there is
a linotype machine, several letterpress machines,
wood and metal fonts and two or three cases
of block plates of logos, dingbats, flurons,
boarders, monograms and who knows what else.
Now, while all of this stuff seems a treasure
to me, it is the block plates that are
of particular interest to me now. When I had
the chance about three months ago to dip
my fingers into case one, in was obvious
that many of these were twenty, thirty and
even forty and fifty years old. When he bought
the place many of these blocks came with it.
My estimate is that there are between 300 and
900 of these total.
This is my objective. To bring a stamp pad,
plenty of paper and when I get there, stamp
away. He has agreed to let me do this.
So I am wondering if anyone has had any
experience in archiving this kind of thing and
if any advice, before I head in, could be
offered. I don't expect to make my trip for at
least another week.
Paper choice is a major concern. And since I
have no blocks to experiment with myself in
the meanwhile is a simple ink pad going to
work well enough?