4029Re: Galley rack & trays available for $50
- Apr 1, 2005Actually, there is such a thing as a "bale arm," just apparently not
in the "blue prints."
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Fritz Klinke" <nagraph@f...> wrote:
> Using the correct terminology sure helps when it comes time to order
> pieces and tid bits of printing material. We had a request for a
bale arm the
> other day for a 10x15 C&P. Now for Gerald's sake, C&Ps have been
around now for
> about 115 years and span a time period where the "traditional
> say 1895 is still relevant in 2005. There is no such thing as a bale
> that's what the folks at a very respected letterpress house called
this part on
> their press. And to their surprise, what they were after is called a
> spent time on a couple of phone calls and an inquiry to a supplier
for what I
> thought they wanted, only to find out what they really wanted. There
> for things, and part numbers, and other references, and when I get
> amateurs who are vague about terminology, well, then that's one
thing, but from
> people who have been at it for years and haven't taken the time,
> pride in their craft to know what the time-honored terms and phrases
are, then I
> have a hard time with that. We all make mistakes, and hopefully we
are all still
> learning. The major misnamed thing around here is the office cat, Elrod.
> > When I was learning how to sail, and then when i was teaching
> > to sail, the question came up: why does everything have a silly little
> > name? There are no ropes on a boat, there are lines, sheets, halyards,
> > etc. The reason for this is - when you are sailing the difference
> > between this rope and that rope over there can be the difference
> > between life and death. So clear, exact, and concise communication is
> > very important - so you need a million names for everything.
> > I imagine that industrial letterpress shops were the same way - with
> > quite heavy forms, dangerous presses and guillotines, etc.
> > that being said, i don't think many of us face life or death in the
> > pressroom. even though I try to use all of the correct
> > learn as much as i can, it seems like in a few years it will only be
> > important to historians and museums. These terms might die off
> > terms associated with common presses (does anyone using a vandercook
> > know the name of the string that a tympan/frisket rests on?) In the
> > same direction, I wonder if there are whole lexicons associated with
> > commercial lithography, etching, engraving, etc. that have been
> > completely lost today.
> > disclaimer - i don't really have an opinion one way or the other, so i
> > don't want to start a fight, these are just some thoughts i had
> > thanks,
> > alex
> > press eight-seventeen
> > lexington, ky
> > > Termology helps to communicate, but only between typographers, if
> > > it's deteriorating to a sort of "latin-speach between doctores
> > > medici".
> > > Than newcomers will have a hard time indeed.
> > >
> > > Language is for communicating, the internet we use too.
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