Chromatic Wood Type

They don't print 'em like they used to! Chromatic type is a printing process in which the same paper is passed through the press several times, using a different set of wooden type blocks and a different color each time. It was an exacting process, as everything had to be positioned perfectly to get the desired results. We get to see some great examples from the 1874 book Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. which was a sales tool from the William H. Page company. The book contained 100 prints with up to seven colors each. They sure are attractive, aren't they? See more of these at BibliOddysey.


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