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Something Else is New at Galaxy Press . .

We have recently added another new (to  us) toy, a Scott tab cutter . . . we don't have to get a special cut die . . . we can create any tab length in a lot less time that it used to take and the turnaround time is virtually eliminated!



Interesting 10 minute video on the beginning of type(setting) & money

For those of us that are interested in the history of printing this is a good way to spend a few minutes . . .


The beginning of type


Laminating is coming to Galaxy Press!

We have ordered a new (to us) laminator, up to 10 mil and 40 inches. . . .

 It's here and producing!




Treasury Department Laundry
              Literal "money laundering."

Long before the term “money laundering” entered the popular lexicon, the U.S. Treasury Department had an actual laundry shop for grimy greenbacks. The mostly female “redemptive division” worked out of the basement and cleaned up to 80,000 soiled bills a day using mechanical scrubbers.


For the rest of the story . . .  cash laundry


Well managed forests are key
                   to a low carbon future . . .

When it comes to the use of wood biomass and CHP, the North American forest products industry has a great story to tell.  In 2012, 96% of the electricity generated by the U.S. forest products industry was through CHP.  On average, about 66% of the energy used at AF&PA member pulp and paper mills is generated from carbon-neutral biomass.  Since 1990, U.S. pulp and paper mill purchased energy (from fossil fuels) use per ton of production has been reduced by 25%.  The Canadian forest industry’s substantial cut in fossil fuel use between 2000 and 2012 has also helped reduce direct emissions by 56% and total energy use by 30%.  In Canada, 98% of wood residue is now being used for either energy generation or composting.


For the rest of the story . . . Well Managed Forests



It's just a comma you say?

A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, milk, or money. Instead, it hinged on one missing comma.


For the rest of the story . . A court’s decision



Just How Important was
the 1st Printing Press?

I have always said that, When, NOT if the internet fails we will all be breaking out a copy (if you have one) of your old Encyclopedia Brittannica, to learn how to make candles so we can read it at night to learn what we always just googled.


Memory and the Printing Press

You probably know that Gutenberg invented the printing press. You probably know it was pretty important. You may have heard some stuff about everyone being able to finally read the Bible without a priest handy. But here's a point you might not be familiar with: The printing press changed why, and consequently what, we remember.


Before the printing press, memory was the main store of human knowledge. Scholars had to go to find books, often traveling around from one scriptoria to another. They couldn’t buy books. Individuals did not have libraries. The ability to remember was integral to the social accumulation of knowledge.



For the rest of the story . . .Memory and the Printing Press



Government Printing Office

Need a hardcopy of the 50-title Code of
Federal Regulations? This is the place.

The Government Printing Office is perhaps the largest publisher of reading materials that nobody is ever likely to read, featuring arcane tomes like the Congressional Record and hard copies of the 2,000-page Federal Budget.


The hard copy printing operation has become an anachronism in the age of PDF, but a century ago the huge brick GPO building played a key role in the U.S. democracy’s office supply operations.


Before Congress established its own print shop, it relied on local newspapers to fulfill piecemeal contracts. That arrangement worked fine in the early years of the United States, when the Federal Government had only five departments. The Treasury office staff was by far the largest in the year 1800, with 75 employees. The State Department only had five.


Forthe rest of the story . . . . Government Printing Office


Major Brand-name Companies Remove Anti-paper Claims From Marketing Campaigns

Two Sides just scored another victory in its battle against greenwashing. Last week, the independent nonprofit organization confirmed that more than 65 leading North American companies, including several Fortune 100 companies serving the financial, telecom and utilities sectors, have removed inaccurate anti-paper claims after conversations with Two Sides representatives.


For the rest of the story . . . Greenwashing



Young Companies ARE Buying Print
and it Blows my Mind

I just finished a project with a company that’s so print-loving it blew my mind. I’ll call them Nater’s Skateboards to protect their confidentiality.


First things first: Nater’s Skateboards is a crazy huge buyer of print.


and for the rest of the story . . .  Young Companys



The 10 Commandments Of Typography

Have you been committing sins against type? We round up the most heinous crimes against typography and how to avoid them.


For the rest of the story . . .  Typography



Print Plays an Increasingly Important Role

Print Plays an Increasingly Important Role in a Multi-channel World for Marketers According to InfoTrends Study

(Weymouth, MA) December 09, 2015...Print-based direct marketing is growing which is providing a huge opportunity for digital print. According to InfoTrends’ study Direct Marketing Production Printing & Value-Added Services: A strategy for growth, marketers are realizing print plays an important role in a multi-channel world.

This study provides strategy and business development support to help vendors, print service providers, and marketing service providers in both North America and Western Europe understand how to capture high value and high volume pages and services in a cross media environment.


For the rest of the story . . . Print Plays an Increasingly Important Role



Just What Is This Thing Called A Book Book???

This is just a great ad by IKEA


Marketing With Print Is Greener Than You Think

When companies start making changes towards a more eco-friendly business environment, paper is often one of the first things to go. When you think about printing on paper products, your mind might conjure up images of a devastated, clearcut forest. But the print industry is much greener than you think—and it is helping to prevent deforestation.

As I've said before, print marketing is far from dead. And while it's still an effective way to attract a wider range of customers, it also helps preserve the environment. Print marketing collateral is sustainable, recyclable, low on carbon emissions, and high on impressions

Here's a look at the benefits of print marketing.

For the rest of the story . . . Greener Than You Think



In my opinion 5 of them aren't quite that badddddd. . . . .

The 11 Worst Fonts Ever for Print DesignFonts are like celebrities—some are famous, while others can be downright infamous. When an audience sees a font in your print media design that they just can’t stand (be it overused, ugly or unreadable), you can lose their attention in a heartbeat.

- See more at: Bad Font's!


Paper - from another most unusual and
environmentally friendly source

Plant fibers (typically from trees) are the usual base material used in making pulp for paper production. However those plant fibers don't have to come unprocessed directly from the plant. The fibers can actually be gathered after being processed by certain animals and delivered for paper-making in their poop.

Paper products can be made from the poop of a variety of different fiber-eating herbivores including elephants, cows, horses, moose, pandas, and donkeys. These animals eat lots of vegetation everyday and they are prolific poopers. Since the digestive systems of these animals don’t break down the vegetation very well, their poop contains plenty of fiber even after their meal is consumed. They are basicaly doing the first stage of any paper making process – getting the fibers. Elephants, for example, can eat upwards of 250kg per day of fiber-filled meals with much of that passing through their systems largely intact. It is estimated that one elephant can produce enough poop to make about 115 sheets of paper per day. (with an estimated 500,000 elephants in the world they alone could be responsible for 57.5 million sheets of paper per day)

From Poop to Paper

Although the source may be different, the process of making paper is not that different from making it from conventionally acquired fibers.

First, the poop is collected, then rinsed and boiled to a pulp. The solution is then blended or spun to soften and cut the fibers. Other things such as dye and/or other fibrous materials may be added to give the solution the proper consistency.

The slurry is then sifted onto rectangular sieves and allowed to dry. When dry, the thin layer of plant fibers is peeled off the sieve and made into raw sheets and rolls of paper.

Using paper made from poop is a fantastic example of sustainable and recycling practices and solutions to our environmental challenges.

If you are interest in more information on Poop Paper click here.




If America’s private landowners can’t make money as tree farmers, many will turn to other income sources for the land. The U.S. could lose 44 million acres of forest to development in the next 30 years.

What can be done?

Understand Forest Ownership

Land provides social, recreational and financial benefits. It can generate revenue for owners in many ways — one of the most environmentally friendly is by growing trees. Because 70 percent of U.S. forestland is privately owned, it is imperative that both the social and economic incentives to continue growing trees outweigh the financial rewards of sacrificing forests to development.

See the Forest and the trees

Have you heard someone suggest that by using less paper you can “save a tree”? The fact is, that when the demand for paper declines, tree farming also declines, taking all of the important ecological impacts like clean water and wildlife habitat right along with it. So if you decide to decrease your use of paper, don’t think you’re going to “save a tree.” The reality is that decreasing paper use may well cause a forest somewhere to be replaced by development.

The future of our forests depends on slowing the conversion of these precious resources and by managing them sustainably to ensure their economic, social and environmental benefits for generations to come. That means we’ve got to provide not only the financial incentive but also the education and tools for responsible forest management.

For more about this see: How does using paper lead to more trees.



Woody Harrelson Says Making Paper from
Trees Is ‘Barbaric’ — Is It????

In the pulp and paper industry there appears to be a renewed interest in “alternative fibers” for use in paper.  One recent article on this subject included a photo of Woody Harrelson (actor) with a caption that proclaimed “making paper from trees is barbaric.”  With respect to Mr. Harrelson, I believe he has either been misquoted or is misinformed. To help advance this dialog I want to first clarify some terminology.

The term “tree free” paper is used for two different categories of products: synthetic “papers” and  real papers made from sources other than trees.

On the one hand we have synthetic materials that are not made of fibers at all.  They are printing substrates that look like paper – they are thin and white.  And in some ways act like paper – they are flexible and you can print on them.  But in most cases this group of products is actually pigmented polymer films or non-woven materials.  In other words, they are not paper at all – they are made of plastic (the vast majority of which is derived from fossil fuels).  In some applications (e.g. waterproof maps or outdoor signage) these might be the ideal substrates, but to call them paper products is somewhat confusing to say the least.

For the rest of the story see this "Environmental Leader" Story


Don't Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay

Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated.

A 2012 survey revealed that just 16% of Americans have actually purchased an e-book.

Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.

For the rest of the story: See this Wall Street Journal Article

January 8, 20113


Why you should never, ever
use two spaces after a period.

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.

And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste. *  You'd expect, for instance, that anyone savvy enough to read Slate would know the proper rules of typing, but you'd be wrong; every third e-mail I get from readers includes the two-space error. (In editing letters for "Dear Farhad," my occasional tech-advice column, I've removed enough extra spaces to fill my forthcoming volume of melancholy epic poetry, The Emptiness Within.) The public relations profession is similarly ignorant; I've received press releases and correspondence from the biggest companies in the world that are riddled with extra spaces. Some of my best friends are irredeemable two spacers, too, and even my wife has been known to use an unnecessary extra space every now and then (though she points out that she does so only when writing to other two-spacers, just to make them happy).

For the rest of the story see: This article from Slate.com


Need for Efficiency Drives Printing Industry
Toward Sustainability

Michael V. Ring
Xeikon America Inc.

When someone mentions the printing industry to you, does it bring to mind images of emissions of greenhouse gases, massive paper waste and consumption of huge amounts of energy?

Today’s reality is very different from those stereotypical images. Thanks to consumers’ demand for more customized, 1-to-1 marketing, and the accompanying shorter consumer packaged goods product lifecycles, there is tremendous pressure throughout the printing industry supply chain for greater efficiency and less waste, which in turn is driving sustainability improvements.

As the Printing Industries of America points out, running a sustainable printing business requires a holistic approach, rather than a disjointed set of efforts. First, it includes ensuring that the actual product you are printing (whether it be a wine bottle label or a bank statement) and the raw materials required to produce it are sustainably sourced. Second, the manufacturing process, which includes pre-press, printing and post-press, must be carried out in a sustainable way. Third, the printer’s operation itself, including the building, transportation and use of energy, must be sustainably-run.

Thanks to the need for more production efficiency and flexibility, we’re seeing progress on each of these sustainability fronts in our industry.

For the rest of the story see the story at: Environmental & Energy Management News


IP says paper use is greener than going digital

A new push by International Paper stresses the idea that using paper is good for trees and forests.

The Memphis-based papermaker's new "Go Paper. Grow Trees." campaign is intended to show consumers a direct correlation between paper and environmental stewardship in an attempt to refute the notion that "going paperless" is a pathway to green salvation.

Teri Shanahan, IP's vice president of commercial printing, said she knows the idea seems counterintuitive. She also readily admitted that the paper industry hasn't done a good job of helping consumers connect the dots.

"People think that if you use less paper, you'll save a tree," Shanahan said. "While one particular tree might not be harvested under that scenario, the whole forest might not have an opportunity to stay as a forest."

One-third of the U.S. is forested, according to the campaign; of that, 750 million acres are privately owned and most of those owners are tree farmers. These farmers plant about 4 million trees per day, about "three to four times more than they harvest," Shanahan said, to replenish their stock.

As a result, tree farmers have a financial incentive to be good stewards of the forests, according to the campaign, which could otherwise be leveled for agriculture or development.

Shanahan said electronic payments and communication are not "environmentally free" and that many companies that are pushing paperless payments are looking to get their money faster, not necessarily trying to be environmentally friendly.

"I understand why they want to do it and I don't blame them for trying, but if they just say it's more convenient to bank online or we'll give you $10 to bank online, that's fine," Shanahan said. "They should not be making the claims that this will somehow help the environment if you bank online."

A separate push is now under way by the American Forest and Paper Association to help toughen laws on "greenwashing," falsely marketing a product as environmentally friendly. In October, the Federal Trade Commission posted new proposed rules for its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Reprinted from, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tennessee



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