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Frank on the Penrose Annual

Published on February 15, 2019

The Penrose Annual was published from 1895 to 1982. It was a time capsule that documented the evolving technologies that would transform the printing industry, from halftone printing to process color lithography. Frank visits the Kennedy Library at CalPoly which has in its collection the very rare first three editions.

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By Andrew Tribute on Feb 15, 2019

It was good to hear about this again. This comes soon after Clive Goodacre, who was the editor of the editions from 1976 until the last edition in 1982, recently passed away. Clive, who his brother Ray set up PR company Bespoke, who handled many major graphic arts companies, including Indigo always wished to restart Penrose.

 

By Gordon Pritchard on Feb 16, 2019

My oldest copy of the Penrose Annual is dated 1906-7.

Some highlights (for me anyway), apart from the fact that they were showing examples of actual production work, were the many arguments for and against the 3 color process vs the upstart 4 color process, the anticipation for a single shot Autochrome photography process which they felt would explode the popularity of color printing, a suggestion/description for what appears to be an early inkjet process that the author, Chas. L. Burdick felt would supplant other printing processes, and a suggestion by N.R. Carmichael (School of Mining, Kingston, Ontario), for the use of stochastic/FM screening for color printing.

 

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