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making it work. There were some important            Printerʼs Galleys
visitors during the week which I know will
he covered in other reports, although by                   NYONE who has printed by
Saturday aŌernoon everyone was Ɵred and                      leƩerpress soon realises that
we packed away for the journey home and to                   some kind of tray to hold set
start planning our next event.
                                                     blocks of type is needed.
On the first day of IPEX, Bob Edwards was
interviewed on the BPS stand for a short             And indeed such trays seem to have been used
video which is now online: hƩp://Ɵnyurl.com/         from the start. The name ‘galley’ may have
nu2r9v2 or www.print7tv.com                          come from the flat-boƩomed shallow ships, but
                                                     the origin is unconfirmed. The first descripƟon
                                                     in English, (by Moxon in 1683) describes them
                                                     as of various sizes to suit the work, and made
                                                     of wood (superior beech or oak thin panelling
                                                     wood) with a border on three sides about 2/3
                                                     of type-height, pinned on with oak pins and not
                                                     glued. Glue was avoided because of the habit of
                                                     sprinkling water on the type before distribuƟon,
                                                     which would wash out the glue. They came
                                                     with a loose board to fit on the boƩom and
                                                     having a projecƟng handle. This was the ‘slice’,
                                                     used to move the type out of the galley, and
                                                     from which it was slid onto the imposing
                                                     surface. Wooden galleys with their thicker base
                                                     would make sliding the type off without pie-ing
                                                     (even with it Ɵed up) more tricky, and the base
                                                     (or slice) could be tapered in thickness to assist.

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