Production of The Times (UK) 1942 - video
Started by Dave Hughes, May 06, 2023, 08:01:17 AM
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QuoteI am working in a web-book on the 1865 Shanghai Local Post stamps (draft here: https://www.rfrajola.com/SLPO/SLPO_Book.htm) - these stamps were printed one at a time rather than in sheet form and involved a handpress of some sort that had to be re-composited with every change of denomination.I have searched in vain for an advertisement showing a device that could have produced these. As the Shanghai Municipal Council that issued the stamps was largely British, I hope somebody here might be able to assist my search, or direct me a potential path to finding the same. I was thinking maybe an invitation card print set up or similar.Thanks in advance
QuoteThank you for sharing your collection and observations about the stamps. After taking a look at the link you provided, it's clear that the stamps exhibit unique variations in the positioning of imprints, indicating that they were printed individually.Regarding the printing process you described, it's difficult to ascertain the exact method without more information or specific details about the stamps and the printing equipment used during that time period. However, your speculation about a forme set into a jaws device with a soft covering on the lower platen and a chase that fits into the top jaw or platen sounds plausible.Historically, various printing techniques have been employed for stamp production, including typography, line engraving, lithography, and more. Each method had its own distinctive features and tools, and without specific knowledge about the stamps in question, it's challenging to provide a definitive answer about the exact printing process.If you have any additional information or specific questions about the stamps, I'll do my best to assist you further.UserThese stamps were printed in Shanghai in 1865ChatGPTThank you for providing additional information about the stamps. Knowing that they were printed in Shanghai in 1865 helps narrow down the possible printing techniques used during that time.In the mid-19th century, the most common method of stamp production was through the process of typography or letterpress printing. Typography involved arranging individual metal or wooden type pieces in a forme or chase, which was then inked and pressed onto the paper to create the desired image or text.Based on your description of the stamps exhibiting variations in imprint positioning, it is possible that they were printed using typography. The use of a forme set into a jaws device, with a soft covering on the lower platen and a chase that fits into the top jaw or platen, aligns with the general setup of a typographic printing press.However, without specific knowledge of the printing equipment and processes used by the Shanghai printing facility in 1865, it is difficult to provide a conclusive answer. The unique method you described may have been a variation or specific technique employed by that particular printer.If you have any further details or questions about the stamps or the historical context of stamp production in Shanghai during that period, please let me know, and I'll do my best to assist you.