12041Doctor blades & ladies in the pressroom
- Sep 13, 2010Two little comments:
First, the useful one- You do not have to pay $130 for a doctor blade from Heidelberg! Fritz sells them for $44. There are other 'off label' makers of them- the thing to look for is rubber all the way through and metal on both sides. Heidelberg changed the design of the 'sludge basin' a few times, sometimes for the worse, so don't freak out if you have to put some washers in to get it to line up correctly. A new doctor blade is a time-saver more than anything. A blunt one does the job, just more slowly.
And, a musing- There seems to be much dismissal of ladies in the pressroom. There IS history of this, especially in rural areas. Woman have RUN newspapers and done every job there is to be had in the type foundry, composing room, and pressroom, as long as printing has been around. The trade was dominated by men but women WERE there.
Anita- email me personally so I have your address. I want to send you a scan of a portrait of the employees of a small printing shop circa 1910- in which the men are all posing against the back wall and the sole LADY is feeding a platen press, with her Gibson girl hairdo and shirtwaist.
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