Melbourne Museum of Printing
OUR ARTEFACT COLLECTION
Documentary Artefact Index
Documentary Artefacts in Our Collection
Physical objects incorporating elements of a document
These are printing jobs, set up in type. They should, normally,
have been put away or melted down years ago, but somehow survived
to be collected for our visitors and researchers to see and print
Stereotype Mats and Blocks
A job set up in type, or an engraving, could be reproduced into
a block by a moulding process called stereotyping. Many stereotypes
could be made from the one matrix, enabling the same information
to be distributed to many printers.
Electrotypes are similar but were made using electrolytic
deposition instead of casting in typemetal.
To be printed by letterpress, a drawing or photograph needs to be
engraved. Since about 1880, most engravings were produced by
`Photoengraving'. This largely supplanted wood engraving.
Rubber Stamp making was often part of a printer's business. Stamps
are made from type and engravings, just like stereotypes.
Cutting / Creasing Formes
A forme made up of strips of sharp-edged steel is used to
cut out, crease and perforate sheets of paper or card.
The cutting forme goes into a letterpress with inking rollers
removed (or purpose-built without rollers).
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