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strictly true of Berté’s patented process,   used for clean-up could harden the base
for at its peak of popularity all the        material and cause it to become brittle in
major ink manufacturers were making          storage. Nevertheless, it was popular for
oil-based Berté-style inks in the typical    jobs which might not require a reprint. It

range of strong colours, all of which dried  may also have allowed printers who did
to a matt ?nish. The disadvantage of         not have a licence to use Berté’s patented
Matoyl and rival oil-based inks was the      system to achieve similar e?ects without
damaging e?ect they had upon rubber          infringing copyrights.
plates in the long term. The solvents
                                                The Berté process had other

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