Page 3 - January 2016
| From The Editor | | |Chris Green (7614) Welcome to 2 – and to a ‘new-look’ Birmingham. You can’t get much more magazine. It’s not meant to be a big diverse than that. change from the previous three years From time to time you will notice but one of my intentions is to give it a reprints of older material – the article more uniform look. If you ¿nd it easier on page is a case in point. I make to read, and haven’t really noticed no apology for this, for the very good any major diɣerences, then we have reasons that many (if not most) of our succeeded! readership will not have seen it before, The use of ‘my’ and ‘we’ is deliberate. and that the content is just as valid The magazine you are holding now today as when the article originally would not have been possible without appeared in print. the considerable assistance of Ron I welcome criticism, especially if it is Rookes, who looks after the typesetting, constructive. If you have any ideas about layout, planning and liaison with the subjects that you would like to see in printers. You may also be aware that Small Printer, please let me know – Ron is also the Society Mailer, and in his better still, of course, write an article spare time he runs the Society website. yourself! Still, ‘if you want a job to be done, ask a busy man . . .’ Wishing you all a Happy At this point it would be remiss of and Prosperous me not to oɣer a vote of thanks to the previous editorial team of Tim, Giles and Printing New Year Kim. They have produced three years’ worth of magazines and have set a new Name this press? 30 standard, which I shall endeavour to maintain. The Press is a Furnival Improved ‘Express’ I hope you will ¿nd something of platen. interest to you within these pages. It was made by Furnival and Co of Reddish, One of my intentions is to try to keep Stockport, just after the middle of the 19th items in the same place from month to century. The company was noted for its month, so that (for example) articles manufacture of gas engines and the picture from members will be towards the shows two Furnival Presses with a gas front, with ‘Society’ items at the back. engine. The Diary will be just before the cover, with Membership and Branch news just The press is now in a printers in Aberfeldy, before that. not very far from Pitlochry. It is a beautiful This month there is a variety of topics. press with a huge ﬂywheel that is almost They include accounts of visits to two perpetual motion, so well is it balanced. printing-related venues: an Italian There was just one response to this – and it printing museum and the NEC in was, unfortunately, an incorrect answer. Cover Photo: © Ron Watson. Jean talks This is, for the time being at least, the last in to Olivia Mills during her visit to the St this series. The new Editor does not have the Bride Foundation Stand at the Print Show, resources or knowledge to continue seeking see page out unknown presses but, as always, should a volunteer come forward . . .