Duensing's Working Patterns (Nyloprint)

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David W. Peat, in conversation, mentioned that Paul Hayden Duensing used "nylon" patterns for 24 point Belgian, and that these were made from the original patent drawings.

Alex Widen (Alden Press, BC, Canada) explained to me Paul Hayden Duensing's "nylon" patterns in an e-mail on 2013-04-31:

"I see you mention Paul Duensing used nylon as master patterns. He used "Nyloprint" - a kind of photopolymer plate of the time. Do you know why? It was because Paul used a small table-top pantograph called a Preis. There was no way to fit a large paper pattern onto the copy table - it wouldn't fit. So he took his artwork, such as Zapf's "Civilite" had it shot under a camera to produce film, then made polymer plates to a scale he could work with. The cutter grinder he used was a New Hermes."

(The trademark "Nyloprint" for "plastic plates for the manufacture of printing blocks" was filed 1967-01-05 by Badische Anilin-&-Soda-Fabrik AG, and is currently owned by the Flint Group (Germany).)

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