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Re: Reply to: ironing
At 10:26 AM 2/29/96 +12, you wrote:
>From: Jonathan London:DIA
>Date: ## 02/29/96 10:26 ##
>As far as I know it was to set the inks, so that the aristocatic
>fingers were not sullied with dirty marks from the ink!!
>From: (Claudia Stall) cstall@MAIL.SDSU.EDU:smtp
>Date: ## 02/29/96 10:16 ##
>In aristocratic circles it was common in England for butlers to iron
>the morning paper before giving it to the master.
>Was this to set the ink? or for wrinkles? or?
Historically, there probably was a bit more to it. In the days of the common
press, paper was dampened before it was printed, and the type embossed the
paper very seriously. Books were put under pressure with cardboard between
each sheet to remove the embossing, but it is likely that news sheets were
distributed without this refinement. A hot iron would do it nicely.
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