To Work a Two-Color Job of 1000 in 1000 Impressions.—
Mr George Tombs, Christchurch, N.Z., contributes the following useful wrinkle:—Some years ago, an idea occurred to me in regard to color-printing, which I have never seen mentioned in any work on the subject. It is to print in two colors with one operation—yet that is not strictly correct. Let the proposition be, to print 10,000 demy quarto handbills, red, white, and blue, with 10,000 impressions of any ordinary printing-machine. Proceed in the usual manner, composing the job as for one color, and then dividing the matter into two pages, registering exactly with each other. Lock them up together thus:
Cut your paper to demy folio (5,000 sheets), and print them in red; clean up machine and form and change color to blue; transpose the pages, (2) and (1), and print your blue form; then cut in half, and you will have 5000 handbills red and blue, and 5000 blue and red, which, with the white paper, will give you the desired result—10,000 bills, red, white, and blue. The plan is thoroughly practicable, as I have proved on various occasions by adopting it myself. I have shown the results to several smart printers, and not one of them could tell how to do it.