I have had a number of requests to copy the Ampico Salesman's Manual
that I referred to in a previous post. I had a choice: run off some
photocopies, or reprint the manual as a reproduction of the original.
I chose the latter route.
The graphics arts house has already done the scans and the printer has
seen the "dummy." If you have done printing before you know that that
is a mockup of what the finished product will look like.
There were a number of obstacles to be overcome: the original was
letter-press printed on cheap stock (paper) and worst of all, the cover
is larger than the text portion, so the small booklet, (16 pages) will
have to be assembled and stitched (stapled) by hand. I told them to go
ahead anyway. I feel that it is important to preserve this bit of
mechanical music history. The manual was printed in 1919 and the
initial run was 1,000 -- the sharp-eyed young man that did the scans
found that notation on the back cover.
The one question I could not answer is, "How many do you want?" Now
that is a question that I am passing on to the readers of the MMD.
"How many do you want?" The cost, it looks like, is going to run
around $10.00 plus shipping and handling, which in my opinion is a LOT
for a 16-page booklet. We did spend the better part of the day trying
to match the paper and cover stock and finally came up with 120-pound
stock for the cover and 80-pound stock for the inside. The type face
of the original was corrected on the computer so it will be sharp.
If you want one, at around the price quoted, figure $3.00 shipping and
handling, e-mail me and simply tell me how many you want. At this stage
I am flying blind as I do not know what the final bill will be.
Obviously I am NOT doing this to make a huge profit.
Let me know.