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2285Re: [PPLetterpress] pen ruling machines

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  • Fritz Klinke
    Dec 6, 2003
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      We had a pen ruling machine at Carlisle Co. in San Francisco back in the 60s
      that saw very active use. We did a lot of ledger books for cities and counties
      that then had column heads printed letterpress and were hand bound in our
      bindery. But one day I came into work and it was gone--the explanation being
      that the operator of the machine, who had what looked like permanently colored
      hands of blue and red, refused to run it any more, so out it went. Our local
      governments here still have new bound books made on occasion and one of the last
      places that does these is in Iowa somewhere. I kept the master book showing all
      the rule combinations and pen types that Hickock offered for these machines.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Norman L McKnight" <philoxenia@...>
      To: <PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 9:24 PM
      Subject: [PPLetterpress] pen ruling machines


      These are fascinating machines; I used to watch them in
      action in Portland Oregon in Old Town when a ruling company
      was still in operation. They had big windows onto the street
      and they were as beautifull as you observed them to be. They
      were all gone the next year I passed through. There was, in
      the late 1980's, a video offered on the technology and use of
      these machines. I'm sorry I didn't get one. This is an inter-
      esting area of technology and not at all well known.

      Norman L. McKnight
      Philoxenia Press

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