Hey, I found my old binder of printers tips and articles from when I was a working offset press operator in the 1990’s. I was delighted to dig this up, as it contains loads of knowledge about paper, inks, printing techniques and terminology that was invaluable back in the day when you could make a good living in that industry.
Nowadays, few people really understand the basics of paper manufacture, sizes, weighs, finishes, watermarks, grain, etc, etc, and while I’ve sometimes tried to explain some of these things to my fellow typists from my own rusty memories – I think that posting some of these old articles might be more instructive as to why 24# Linen-finish paper is called that, why 20# Bond and 50# Book are the same thing, and why cutting 11″x17″ paper horizontally in half to make 8.5″x11″ results in a sheet that rolls easier into a typewriter and “feels softer” because you’re converting it from “long grain” to “short grain”.
Heck, if you guys like this series of articles (comment below if you do), I’ll post more, including formulas for calculating various paper-related things, and even some mind-numbingly detailed articles on how certain papers are made. Sound like fun? Let’s start with some basics: