Notes from the Past

Letterpress

Alternative and preferable name for typography or 'surface' printing.  In stamp production it implies that normal typesetting methods of printing and machinery are employed.  Line and, more rarely, half-tone blocks, are thus printed on ordinary letterpress platens or rotaries and many thousands of stamps are still turned out by these methods.  The typeset early stamps of many nations are letterpress production. See also Typeset.
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted February 17, 2000

Editor's Note: Modern lithography is the most popular printing method in use today.

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