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                                                INFORMATION
For members with wood type                      NEEDED ...by Pat Swadling (10453)
in their collection, this
interesting tip comes from                          RECENTLY ACQUIRED an old original
Peter Criddle (6562)                                brass 4in. by 2in. "nameplate". It is
                                                    definitely genuine, I have checked on
        o repair wood type you will first need   the web and the Patent Number and the date
        some carnauba wax; it is used in car    are correct.
        and furniture polishes and is very         So the quesƟons are: Is it possible to tell
hard. I bought some in flake form from a         how old the plate is by the machine Number
local anƟques centre.                           1631? I understand there were/are several
   Lay flakes of wax over the damaged area       different versions of the Cropper, does anyone
and melt into place by touching with a hot      know from this number which kind of press
soldering iron. You should aim to leave the     had this sequence? Did all the early Croppers
wax slightly proud. Next place some very fine    have these "nameplates" and finally does
sand paper on a flat surface and carefully       anyone sƟll use a Cropper with a number
sand the type unƟl the face is true. Before     anywhere near this one?
inking the type, seal the surface with linseed     I am sure many members have fond
or danish oil. It may be necessary to underlay  memories of using a Cropper, or indeed, sƟll
your repaired type with paper. On the other     use one, who will be far more knowledgeable
hand, damaged wood type is very fashionable.    than an ex newspaper Linotype operator, who
                                                will hopefully be forgiven for never having
                                                used a Cropper press.

FORUM   PACKING FOR LETTERPRESS

OF THE  Geƫng the right packing when prinƟng leƩerpress is
MONTH   one of the important factors that will determine the
        quality of your prinƟng.

        Please let us have your thoughts on this, based on
        your experience.
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