Notes from the Past


This modern stamp printing process consists of photographing the artist's finished drawing on to process film and printing down on to sensitised carbon tissue which is transferred to a copper plate (or cylinder for rotogravure), and etched.  It is distinct from photo-mechanical engraving in that the final image is in intaglio, or recess.  Ink is forced into the design hollows, the surface wiped clean, and picked up by the paper being pressed into the recessed design, in a very similar manner to the early line-engraved processes.  High-speed rotary presses are now usually employed. and the process is known as Roto-Gravure.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted February 20, 2000

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