Going through the pics I’ve been taking with the F707, I’m struck by the people I take pictures of. Sometimes friends, sometimes strangers – always interesting. I recently went to a wedding in Tucson and a Halloween party. guess which photo was taken where:
I’m going to be spending more time in the press garage wranglin the old Itek 975, now that the fellow who’s run it for the last 15 years has gone off to the lucrative field of maintaining bank-owned properties. When I’m not at a computer keyboard coding away, I’ll be getting ink on my hands. Not much different than is already the case, what with my typewriter habit and all. I’ve been filling in off and on over the past year, but now this press is pretty much all my baby to play with. The air compressor that comes with it has already proved handy in my typewriter cleaning endeavors.
Printers never throw away anything. These stacks of taped-together paper are called “Beds”, and they are used to support a stack of paper to be printed on when fed into the air pickup system of the press. I made these when I first took up printing in the early 80’s to go with an AB Dick 360 that we had at the time. They were transferred to the Itek 975 when we got rid of the 360, and have stayed with it through a half-dozen moves and about the same number of different pressmen & women who’ve ruled the press room since I gave up the printing trade and went into that crazy computer thing in the 90’s. Nobody’s seen fit in all that time to make new ones or toss these out in the intervening 30 years – they just wrapped new packing tape around it when the old tape crumbled. I credit superstition: pressmen are full of superstition and a belief in talismans that keep the job running smoothly. Paper beds are one such talisman – you build one that paper feeds good with and you stick to it. I am considering taking them apart to check out those old makeready sheets from the 80’s and see how many of those businesses are still in business, but I’d have to overcome a very real dread of screwing around with the mojo.
And since this is an UJTU, here’s a pic taken at MTE of Key Snap’s Hermes 3000. Just check out that funky character set. International Math maybe?