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Old 01-01-2014, 06:31 AM   #1
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Happy New Year to one and all. Here's wishing everyone good health and much happiness.

I met a typesetter at last night's party. Ex-typesetter of course, him being retired for many years, he was telling the kids all about working with hot lead. I don't think some of them quite believed him!

   
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A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to you Robin, and everybody else too!

Hot lead, is that a plugin for InDesign?

   
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One of Kai's PowerTools, I think.

Makes cool looking splatters.

   
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One of Kai's PowerTools, I think.

Makes cool looking splatters.
Ooh, have to watch the screen to make sure it doesn't get burnt!

   
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:01 PM   #6
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... working with hot lead.

BTDT -- when in High School I worked at the local small town newspaper where I was once allowed to set my name as a slug on the Linotype ..... never could master the keyboard tho'

But my Grammar School in England back in the '30's had a wonderful printshop and there I did learn to set cold lead .... and get it back into the right parts of the case!

I still remembered the positions for t h e when I went to Williamsburg back in the '70's and visited the printshop there.

   
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I have a friend who has typecases and a letterpress in his garage. He teaches typesetting and graphics at Cal State LA. One of my clients had a working Lino in his print shop up until a few years ago (as well as the requisite letterpress). The City of Inglewood bought the property for some purpose. I still wonder if they knew what kind of hazmat cleanup they were purchasing.
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Did we wear protective clothing ? <g> Not even gloves!

   
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I never saw them in use. Of course I grew up playing with Mercury in my bare hands.... A few years ago I found two one pound bottles of the stuff, probably obtained from my childhood dentist. My daughter took them to her college chemistry teacher to see if he was interested. Don't know what happened after that.
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