History of color

This is pretty cool. It’s amazing to me that they had access to all the necessary pigments and dyes to do this.


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Fantastic book.
Even more thought-provoking is how long it would take to set and print on a platen…….

That’s for sure! It’s an interesting thought, though.

If we had a lot of customers which weren’t likely to specify colors from the usual color standard book most of us use, it might be fun to make a run of color books with a greatly abbreviated set of “our own” colors (to make it practical to do). The advantage to this would be that it could be made on the stock that was in use at a given shop (assuming the shop used the same stock for most jobs, i.e. if they mostly did invitations and announcements). Another advantage to this would be that you would know the formula for the ink since you mixed it. Another advantage would be that each color sample could be printed with a solid area as well as type, etc., to give a better idea of what it would look like in use.