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Re: urban printer's myth

My most precious piece of equipment is a two ton guillotine paper cutter
manufactured around 1890. It is a work of art which graces one corner of
the second "bedroom" in our two-bedroom apartment. The rest of the room has
printers, computer, scanner, copier, etc.
        If I didn't have this jewel, I would probably buy a small guillotine
cutter. The cheapest one available is made by Martin Yale. It cuts 12" wide
and 1.5 inches thick. You can buy it on the internet for $500, though
Prnters Shopper charges considerably more.
        I have a friend at a quick printer who will trim a book block for $1.50,
which is dirt cheap.

At 10:29 AM 5/24/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>I call my system an "Argo" edition , after Roland Barthes' point about the
>ship Argo: after 30-odd years of sailing it's a totally different ship,
>except for the name. Likewise, one of the joys of desktop publishing is
>that your product improves as you go on. My only regret is that because I
>have to have the pages trimmed at a local print shop it's not really
>worthwhile to print less than 50 copies at a time.
>As for good old-time printing: sure, I miss those chugging AB Dicks, and
>the great rainbow patterns, the guys sticking their thumbs full of ink
>onto the platen, and so forth...
>On Mon, 24 May 1999, Jules Siegel wrote:
>> As you complete a
>> book you always see things that could be improved or
>> amplified.
>Paul Werner, New York City
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