The Saturday Evening Post Volume 173, No. 1

The Saturday Evening Post Volume 173, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...and it has already been worked out so far that, as is claimed, the camera is ready and able to take up the work which has hitherto been done by the types. The publisher of the future, instead of having many fonts of heavy and costly type, will be provided simply with a set of square white cards, on each of which is a large black letter, an inch or ntore in height. These cards will be placed in a series of horizontal lines on a rack made for the purpose, following copy, so that the letters will read just like those of the text that is to be reproduced. A camera, placed in front, will photograph the letters, its distance from them determining the size of the text as it is eventually to appear. The negative thus made will be developed itt the usual manner, attd from it a print will be made upon a zinc plate covered with a sensitized film. lt only remains to etch the plate and print from it, just as a picture similarly prepared is printed nowadays. A machine has already been cottstructed which, taking the place of the linotype or mechanical compositor of to-day, sets up the cards in the rack according to copy, and photographs them, one litte at a time, the glass sensitive plate moving automatically at such a rate as to take the matter line by'line until it is filled. Then, of course, it is removed and developed in a dark room, whereupon it is ready to transfer its imprint to the metal plate, which is duly etched. The process is simple enough, and so expeditiously performed that within thirty minutes front the first exposure of the negative the zinc plate is ready to go to press. This has every appearance of being an epoch-making invention. Hitherto it has been imagined that movable types represented the ultimate step in the art of printing;...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1016 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 51mm | 1,774g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690494X
  • 9781236904942