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5309Pair of letter press printing plates

Pair of letter press printing plates from Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1979.    These printing plates are cast from a lead alloy with an exact inverse copy of the front page of the newspaper from June 2nd 1979, this being the last date of printing a......

Printing

Printing reached Scotland from France in the early 16th Century but no records exist of it being recorded in the south west of the country until the 1780s when Peter McArthur introduced it to Kilmarnock. He was succeeded by John Wilson who was responsi......

Calico & Shawl Printing in Kilmarnock

Calico printing was introduced to Kilmarnock about 1770 by a Mr John MacFee of Greenholm. By 1792 the average annual value of "Printed Calicoes" was £650 and in 1824 Mr William Hall began the printing of worsted shawls at Greenholm. According to the Hi......

3053Calico Printing Block (3)

Dye was applied to material using wooden printing blocks carved with the intricate patterns. The material was laid out flat on a table and the block to which dye had been applied, pressed down onto it. Only one colour could be applied at a time.   The a......

7310Printing plate for 'Wigtown Bouquet'

Copper printing plate advertising "Wigtown Bouquet".  This perfumed water, described as "distilled from the finest flowers" was manufactured and sold by the Wigtown chemist A M Nicolson.  The printing plate carries a view of Wigtown....

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