The Ludlow "Brightype" system "converts any combination of letterpress printing material directly into photographic images for use by any printing process." It involves preparing a letterpress form with "a liquid lampblack coating" on all of the nonprinting area (leaving the type bright). "After this treatment, the form is essentially a negative."
Brightype: New Conversion Process
A four-page folded brochure advertising and explaining the process.
N.B., the original brochure is about 1/2 inch larger than my scanner on each side. Rather than take the time to stitch together two scans per page, I scanned the version here at one scan per page (cropping the borders). No text or imagery was lost, though.
The Brightype Method (1960)
The Brightype Method. (Chicago: Ludlow Typograph Company, 1960.) This book appears here with the kind assistance of Paul Aken, proprietor of the Platen Press Museum in Zion, IL.
The image at left links to a presentation of this booklet at The Internet Archive. For convenience, here is a local copy of the PDF (176 Megabytes): ludlow-the-brightype-method-greencover-aken-0600dpijpg.pdf
The Brightype Method (1962)
The Brightype Method. (Chicago: Ludlow Typograph Company, 1962.)
The image at left links to a presentation of this booklet at The Internet Archive. For convenience, here is a local copy of the PDF (176 Megabytes): ludlow-the-brightype-method-1962-c1-0600dpijpg.pdf
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