I have several old-style printing plates, rescued for me (back in
the mid-60s, but the plates seem older than that) by a friend when
the university press was throwing them out. One of my questions is:
can I use them in my rolling mill more than once?
They are mounted on wooden blocks which, alone, are 20mm thick. This
is too thick to go through my rolling mill, as is – perhaps I could
pry the plates off the blocks? One plate has no wooden backing – it
is a maximum of 4 mm thick. Its back side is shiny and
silvery-looking --perhaps it is made of zinc? The pattern layer on
top of it looks a little like brass. This piece is 10.5 X 2.25 inches
in size and has 8 tiny holes through it, apparently from nails.
Does anyone have experience with old printing blocks to advise me on
how best to use these, preferably many times, in my rolling mill? The
patterns are mostly transcriptions of cuneiform tablets, plus one
obscure script, and a couple of old ads (one of the ads is
Sealright’s offer of a free trip to Disneyland via TWA, for some
lucky users of home-delivered milk! This should be datable…)
Thanks for any suggestions!