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    (Free?) Letterpress printing equipment in Queensland

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    There is a retired printer in Queensland, Australia who wishes to find a good home for his equipment. This includes a Figgins guillotine, two Heidelbergs, several frames of type, etc.

    If you're interested PM me and I'll pass on their contact info to you.


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    Sadly another process made redundant by technology, I imagine kids today wouldn't know what a printing press is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I imagine kids today wouldn't know what a printing press is
    Timing.

    Just last night, my 20yo mentioned a "boxed set" to my 14yo who looked pretty vague when she said "what's that?"

    LP's are cool artwork, nailed to the wall
    CD's are something old people used
    DVD's are something kids ran on repeat when they were toddlers.

    Who needs a box set of anything in the age of live HD+ streaming vision and a billion songs on spotify via your phone.
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    I worked in the newspaper industry for 25 years. During my apprenticeship at technical college we had to use handset type and old style printing methods as part of the learning process. Technology eventually killed our trade with mass redundancies diminishing the production floor over a number of years.
    That's progress!!

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    The Linotype is an awesome machine and absolutely spellbinding to watch and hear in operation in person. So many parts constantly in motion in a highly choreographed dance, the clanking of the elevator and clamps and the tinkling sound of the brass mats being redistributed into the magazine. A truly mesmerizing display. If you ever have the chance to see one in operation or even in just a static display by all means go and do it! You won't be sorry! If you can't see it in person there are plenty of vids on youtube of them.

    While Letterpress is no longer responsible for the mass production of all things printed you can still find it in use in shops for things like die-cutting, embossing, debossing, hot foil stamping, and crash imprinting. It has also gained in popularity for use as a status symbol in some circles for personal and business letterhead/stationary and business cards as well as greeting cards and wedding invitation sets.


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    Still using a letterpress. As Java mentions they have and always have had a niche attraction for producing a repeatable high quality product. There is no "digital" solution that comes anywhere near. Same for offset printing, digital may have "caught up" (subjective) but still is quite a way off matching the quality of traditional offset printing. Screens, whilst very useful cannot reproduce - fluros, metallics, foils and other technical embellishments that traditionally printed artwork does in a breeze - brilliantly - in the right hands. If I had room and were nearer to the source I would snap these items up - as there IS gold in them there Heidelbergs - they will be around forever - in a blacksmith sense at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    The Linotype is an awesome machine and absolutely spellbinding to watch and hear in operation in person. So many parts constantly in motion in a highly choreographed dance, the clanking of the elevator and clamps and the tinkling sound of the brass mats being redistributed into the magazine. A truly mesmerizing display. If you ever have the chance to see one in operation or even in just a static display by all means go and do it! You won't be sorry! If you can't see it in person there are plenty of vids on youtube of them.

    While Letterpress is no longer responsible for the mass production of all things printed you can still find it in use in shops for things like die-cutting, embossing, debossing, hot foil stamping, and crash imprinting. It has also gained in popularity for use as a status symbol in some circles for personal and business letterhead/stationary and business cards as well as greeting cards and wedding invitation sets.


    Java "Long live Letterpress!" phile
    I worked on linotypes in the hot metal days until technology took over the newspaper industry.
    We ended up on qwerty keyboards and automatic linecasters which was totally demoralising, boring with resulting carpel tunnel surgery on both wrists.
    I often reflect back to the good old days!!



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