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    who else gets to deal with headaches like this?

    well its that time of year again and i had to print the firemans ball ribbons for the local vollenteer fire department. i have no clue how larger companies print specialty ribbons but i am very familiar with how we do it.

    first we use a press thats exact date of construction is unknown. its a Chandler & Price press with a Kluge feeder, to give you an idea of its age it is the FIRST sheet fed printing press that ever worked correctly............trust me this thing couldnt pass an OSHA approvement if it tried ................yah have to push start the friggin thing(pictures to follow tonight)........

    the form that holds the type that we print weights roughly 70 pounds you have to lift this out of the press every time you want to change the wording like from Chief to Asst. Chief to Fireman or what ever...........there are 8 changes in all............you feed the ribbon up from a rigged up holder down in the bowels of the press, feed it through some slices in the paper that you print against and the machine puts the ink on the form than it squeezes the form against the paper table and if yah have everything lined up correctly the ribbon gets printed..........and then yah pull the ribbion out 6-12 inches and it prints another one and so on and so on..................500 ribbons later(every one who attends gets a generic ribbon) your back is screaming and if your lucky yah havent hurt a finger lifting that 70# form in and out or any other number of ways of getting caught in that contraption..........my back is frigging killing me................

    oh well glad i only print ribbons once a year.....................im off to supervise DSL being put into our house........will take pics of the press when i get back to work and upload them tonight...............
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    Wow that sounds like a pain in the butt. I bet you did a great job though!
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    I'd love to see a pic of it! It sounds like it might be the same kind of press (letterpress) my father had. Well, there were two OLD ones. One of them had a part that looked like a man's body and made sounds that could almost be interpreted as words every time it moved forward to imprint the paper. I can still hear that sound... The other was an old hand-fed press with a flat round plate where you placed the paper...sheet by sheet, by hand. I wonder if they are still in operation.

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    well, i dont have those type of headaches but i known what your going though, i have cronic headaches almost everyday.

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    PAK..............pics taken.................DSL installed at home...............T-minus 35 minutes till im off work and can do something with them ......................will prolly have new pics of my tiny frogs as well, they got a new home this weekend............
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    Can't you just run a bunch of chief ribbons at a time and be done for the next few decades? Unless you enjoy the exercise.
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    will show yah shortly but quick answer they have dates on them.......................
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    They wouldn't want it to be too simple. Of course, if it were someone else would probably do it for less. But without the same pride of craftsmanship you enjoy each time you lift and then re-set 70 lbs to change Chief to Assistant Chief. Maybe that's where communism could have a competitive advantage. 500 ribbons each saying Comrade. Unless making ribbon wasn't part of the five year industrial plan.
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