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    us
    Aug 2006
    Fargo, ND
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    Something used for printing?

    My dad and I were out in the middle of nowhere when we spotted a barn back in some woods. After obtaining permission from the farmer across the road to take a look, we went to go find the house that must have once stood there. Unfortunately, there was no sign of a home at all! We decided to take a look around anyway, just in case. In a small "trail" type of area between two large clearings we got a clear signal - penny, 8+ inches deep. Not quite a penny when we brought it up, but it sure is neat! Take a look...anyone know what this thing might be? It's made of lead...very heavy, found almost all of the pieces. I do have two of the smaller pieces that are missing in the pic. everything on it is backward, so my first thought was something to do with newspaper printing...but why would something like that be there? Let me know what you guys think

    --I have more pics as well if anyone would like to see them. The ones posted are about 25% of the original size.
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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Cool Find and thats exactly what it is. Maybe the location wasnt far from town in the early days...research a little and see who the owner of the property was. Maybe they or someone they knew worked for the newspaper.
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

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    us
    Aug 2006
    Fargo, ND
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Neat...thanks gypsyheart. What would this be called then? I'm also wondering why it's so small...about 6" tall by 4-5" wide. Thanks again!

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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    I think its called a printers plate or typeset ...
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

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    Mechelle

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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyheart
    I think its called a printers plate or typeset ...
    Yep, ad for mens western (Sorry the ad says)boots shirts.....Looking at it under negative effect it reads shirts ....sorry Im so confusing ....need more caffiene......Very cool Probably 1800's
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    Dec 2004
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Staci (Fargo ND)
    very heavy, found almost all of the pieces. everything on it is backwards, so my first thought was something to do with newspaper printing...but why would something like that be there, 45 minutes from any town? Let me know what you guys think
    It looks like it was made for an advertisement. My guess would be a magazine or flyer/poster, rather than a newspaper. Unless the newspaper was a major publication that would take a lot of time and work to invest in something that would only be used for one run. Try to find the rest of the pieces so you can determine the product being advertised.
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    DG

    Mar 2006
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Early newspaper copy was poured from lead to make the printable form. That form was placed in a press and was inked and a paper copy was made. This process was used up untill the early 1970's by small country newspapers who printed weekly editions. It is called a printers block. Cast lead on wood. Hope I made this understandable.
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    us
    Feb 2006
    Albertville Alabama
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    it says "the roomiest,best fitting, best looking shirt for work or play"

    had to be an ad in a magazine or something

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    Diggerbryan

    Re: Something used for printing?

    Cool find!! Just a thought, you might try dabbing it in some ink and pressing it on to some paper. It might be kind of tricky with the smaller pieces but I would definitely try it with the larger piece.

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    Re: Something used for printing?

    I also found a printers plate, and I also found it in North Dakota
    this summer, about a hundred miles southwest of Fargo. If I can
    remember how to do pictures on this forum I will add it to this
    post. My brother used to run a lineotype machine for the newspaper
    in the small town that I found this one in and he said they would
    attach these pieces of lead to a wood block and set them in with the
    rest of the newspaper print. This one appears to be an advertisement
    for some kind of kidney and liver balm. I have'nt cleaned it up enough
    to read the small print.
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    That's a nice find! Welcome aboard!
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Quote Originally Posted by MonDak
    This one appears to be an advertisement for some kind of kidney and liver balm. I have'nt cleaned it up enough to read the small print.
    It's probably an ad for Dr. J. H. McLean's Liver & Kidney Balm. McLean was a major manufacturer of patent medicines in the mid to late 1800's, and his St. Louis factory cranked out huge quantities not only of liver & kidney balm but also Dr. J.H. McLean's Celebrated Strengthening Cordial and Blood Purifier (85-100 proof alcohol), Celebrated Catarrh Snuff, Volcanic Oil Liniment (crude petroleum), and Candy Vermifuge (anti-worm medicine).
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  13. #13
    gb
    Jun 2005
    Northampton, UK
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Nice finds PBK you always amaze me

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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Oooh, I like that printers plate Staci! Some of the old items related to old hokey "cures" are highly collectable. I hope this is the case with your item. Nice finds!
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    us
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    Re: Something used for printing?

    Neat find. I've gotten one or two. One of mine is part of an old ad for ladies' corsets!


 

 
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