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page advertisements; and because all the   we were called on to help carry them to the
       big Southampton stores tried to outdo   press, under threat of certain things that
       one other, there were a lot of them. These   would happen should it be our fault if the
       adverts were a big undertaking, and   page ended up on the  oor. I might add
       depending on how many blocks and the   no-one ever dropped a galley with a page
       amount of type used in them, they could   advert!
       take a couple of days to complete, not     Once the page was safely on the press,
       including the linotype operator’s time to   we were deemed capable of proo ng it,
       set it all.                           and the comp disappeared. It wasn’t just
         Apprentices were not usually allowed   one proof that was needed, it could be
       anywhere near them until they needed   up to and over a dozen, by the time the
       proo ng. This was somewhat of a      advertisers, the advertisement manager,
       performance and done on an old Albion   the comp and the readers all had their
       press. The pages were extremely heavy so   proofs.

              Southern College of Art — Faculty of Printing
                           Sessional Examinations 1957
                              Compositors’ Work, 2nd year
           Questions 1 and 2 must be answered, and THREE others.
           All questions carry an equal number of marks.
           Time allowed – 2½ hours.
           1. A book is to be set in 9pt Times, 2pt leaded, to a page width of 27 picas
           and a depth of 45 lines, inclusive. The copy supplied contains 92,418 words,
           and it is found that 146 of them make 9 lines of type. How many pages does
           the book make?
           2. Two 8-page upright jobs are to be printed, half-sheet work, together on
           the same sheet of paper so that they can be folded and stitched before
           separating. Draw the imposition scheme and indicate the heads, backs, tails
           and gutters. The diagram should not be less than 5” by 8”.
           3. Type faces are often referred to as Venetian, Old Face, Modern or Egyp-
           tian. What characteristics would you look for in such faces? Illustrate your
           answer with sketches of type faces that you know fall into these groups.
           4. a) What three metals are used in type alloys and why do we use them?
               b) what do you consider are the ideal requirements of an alloy for either
           line composition or Monotype?
           5. What is meant by the following terms:
           Perfecting; Tumbler imposition; Section; Work and twist; Quirewise.
           6. Describe in detail the manufacture of stereotype plates and how are they

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