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Re: Fwd: Copy Press info

I was told (or read) once that all the letters written during a work day
were dampened lightly, placed against the verso of a blank page in a
"Letter Book" (the early file cabinet), and the closed book was then
placed in the "copy press" overnight.  Enough of the ink transferred to
the thin page of the letter book to leave a ghost copy, which could be
read from the recto.  The next day the book was removed from the press,
the letters taken out and enveloped for the mail.  Made great sense to

Peter D. Verheyen wrote:
> Since I'm not sure I'm forwarding this to all of you in the hopes that you might be able to help. To the best of my knowledge, the written sheets were dampened and then pressed with the ink transfering through... I may well be wrong though, so who knows the answer to the riddle?
> p.
> >From: bpress <bpress@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >To: pdverhey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: Copy Press info
> >
> >Just a quick question that you might be able to answer. Our son is
> >working on an upgrade for the Briar Press web site and Letterpress
> >Museum. In the museum we do have a lovely copy press
> >(http://www.westnet.com/~bpress/press/copypress.html) . Our son asked me
> >to tell him something about the press and I was stumped. All I know is
> >that people commonly refer to this as a book press, but a while ago I was told that it is really called a copy press because it was the Xerox machine of the day.  If this is so, what did it copy?    Not printing forms I don't think, because they were pulled on proof presses.  Was the plate that raises with the screw padded with anything?  Pardon myignorance, but I seem to be missing something quite basic.   Any help will be appreciated.  Have a nice holiday. --Elizabeth Nevin mailto:bpress@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >>    In schoen gebundenen Buechern blaettert man gern.   <<
> Peter D. Verheyen
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