Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jack's Outback Rendezvous Jack's Outback Rendezvous

Printer’s Stone
Here is an original printer’s stone with a series of advertisements on it, circa 1915 from the Troy area.

Printing on the flat surface was dependent upon the natural aversion of grease for water. The design is drawn on the grained surface of the stone with greasy inks or crayons, and the whole surface is than damped. The grained surface helps to hold the water while the ink repels it. The whole stone is then rolled up with a printing ink that sticks to the greasy drawing, but not to the wet surface of the untouched stone. The stones most often used for this process were limestone, but Jack is not sure what kind of stone this one is. He does love its weight and the quaility of the workmanship found in the engravings.

Read the fine print at Jack’s!
Go there! Visit Jack’s Outback, 30 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY 518-677-2929.


Blogger Pappy's Fella said...

Though not mentioned, the name of this process is Lithography. Not "offset lithography" but the kind of old-school lithography used by artists today. Yours is a good general description of the process-- there are some additional steps to increase the number of prints you can produce out of the stone. The stone looks like yellow limestone, just as confirmation of your suspicion. I've never heard of another type of stone that was suitable.

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