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i went to typo skool sussing art work and typo design in the gud (ish) old days of letterpress, lead, tin and antimony in different % depending on print run length and style, all pre computer of course, but the crispness of physically impressing metal type into paper has never been surpassed, the fact that it took a day (at least) to make ready, a 16 page job with mixed type and halftones signified the end for the process.too time consuming, ergo too expensive, litho was the way forward, unless you are into specialist work on a vertical platen (caxton style press) which we had at the company, (not in use) but i wished i had the forsight to rescue it from the scrapyard along with the 20 foot high bonfire of type cases and hand carved wooden blocks. i still have a couple of small ones, a key and some stuff i will have to dig out but i remember trying to print a poster using hand carved wooden type at about 4" tall (not me the type) it was a nightmare, it had warped over the years, so it would "spring" ie because the edges were not level it would bow up so you had to pack with pieces of paper along the sides to try and alleviate the prob. anyhoo after sanding down the face of the type and packing underneath to try and achieve a similar level you might?? achieve a run. that is rok n roll
god bless typophile love what you are about, still love fonts
check me at steve blakestone
www.stataflux.co.uk

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