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ATA Chapter #94
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49. Bureau or other printer repairs and splices: Paper is fragile and can be torn by production equipment. Since the advent of rotary printing in the early part of the century, it has been the practice of the Bureau to make repairs and go on with production, salvaging what could be used and destroying the rest. This is especially important with web production, where rethreading of the press is to be avoided at all costs. But repairs are found on sheetfed-press products too. Typically, kraft paper was used for most repairs through the 1922-38 series, but all sorts of other paper can also be found. In the 1960s, Scotch tape was used for repairs, along with red plastic tape and clear plastic tape. All such material is scarce because all repairs were intended to be destroyed. Value depends upon the size of the piece and how visually striking it is. It might run from $25 for a simple coil pair to hundreds of dollars.



Type 49: Red platic tape was used on this booklet (Scott 3886b) to repair a web splice. Splices are intended to be excised from finished work.

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