Archive for October, 2009
I was at a printer’s recently and came across this. They are plates used for embossing a book jacket (embossing is what makes the type or art feel 3-D on a jacket). This was hidden on a high shelf in a dusty aisle in the printer’s warehouse. It felt like we found treasure. The plates are a heavy copper or brass. They are pressed down into the jacket to make the embossing, and the white plastic plate (in the photo) is pressed up from the bottom to force the book jacket into the embossing plate. The photo is by my colleague, Sonia Chaghatzbanian.