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Old 03-27-2008, 09:21 PM   #1
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Sourcing Lithoplate in Canada

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Hey Guys,

Where do you get your stash of lithoplate (commonly used in older printing shops?). I've chatted with a few in the printing industry and they don't use it anymore...


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Old 03-27-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Really? Wow, there is lots here. Just threw a bunch out.
Would you like some rolled in a tube ok?
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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Sure.. I'm game.. I'll send you a PM...


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Old 03-28-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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One use to be able to go into any newspaper office and pick the stuff up usually for only a minimal fee or free even. But seems they no longer use that method of printing or the printing is sourced out.

I went into a small local printing shop and asked if they might have any available. The man asked me how much I was looking for and I said I would love to get 3 sheets. He went out to the shop and came back with 4 sheets that were used on one side only but very clean and new looking. Wouldn't take anything for them.

I guess its just the luck of the draw as to who might have this stuff. It was good someone had some to give you.
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:17 PM   #5
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Lithoplate can show up in all sorts of locations.

I wound up with two sheets from a garage sale. We'd been bumming around and not really looking for anything when I spotted the hand-made canoe hanging from the rafters. Con versation came around to his other hobby of drafting old sailing ships at a specific scale. He had two old plates that were kicking around and which he was a bit leery of letting go of since they were ready for the printer and he didn't want copies going whilly-nilly after all his hard efforts.

I must have given the right assurances of what would happen to them.

One went to Jim McIntyre for use in his old-timer projects and I've got the other one in my basement, which will probably get mounted in a frame for hanging -- they're that good!
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