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Copper printing plates

From: Mike Hodgson <hodgsonm>
Date: Monday, April 10, 2006
Juliette Baxter <jbaxter [at] northamptonshire__gov__uk> writes

>Does anyone know of methods for obtaining prints from copper
>engraved printing plates from the 1850s? The plates are in good
>condition, but obviously we do not want to subject them to any
>process which might cause damage.

For plates which still have the ink from when they were used
remaining in the engraving, I have had pretty good results by
copying them with a digital SLR camera (on a copy stand with
lights), then putting the image into photoshop reversing it and
turning it from negative to positive.

Michael Hodgson
Glamorgan Record Office

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:51
                  Distributed: Friday, April 21, 2006
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Received on Monday, 10 April, 2006

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