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Unique ephemera ~ vintage '46 "Newspaper Stereo" - "rare Pressed Flong - $75 (Poughquag)

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Vintage 1946 Stereo Newspaper pressed flong cartoon page

Stereo in this sense meaning solid - 3 dimensional

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I've been to a lot of curiosity shops in my 70+ years which is why years ago this curious cardboard nailed to the wall to stop drafts caught my eye as I was cleaning out an old barn in the Clove. With its print and cartoons it certainly looked like a newspaper. It carried the name of the POUGHKEEPSIE NEW YORKER with the date of Friday September 27th, 1946.  Founded in 1785 as the POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL,  this newspaper has been in continuous publication under various names and returned to the POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL name in 1960. It is the 3rd oldest continuously published paper in the U.S.

It took me a while to research this curious piece.  A 1918 book, Electrotyping and Stereotyping, helped - as did Wikipedia.

Abstracted from various sources; The Flong was invented in France in 1829, a flong was a papier-mâché mould of a negative set forme of type made with the aid of heat and pressure . After placing the positive flong in a casting box, a thin negative replica of the original type and illustrations would be cast against it all in one piece. This thin negative could then be put on rotary drum for final positive printing. A limited number of duplicate casts could be made from one flong.[1] This allowed the original undamaged type to be distributed or recycled. The positive flong or the negative cast stereotype could be stored in much less space than standing formes."

I have attached photographs of the various steps in the process.

Many of the classic strips are on this page. My photograph is too "muddied" by the flash to zoom in on. Last winter I went to the public library in Poughkeepsie which has microfiche of the Journal and copied the page (available in four sections) which I have included.

If a page of a 77 year old newspaper is ephemera its pressed flong is the unique ephemera of an ephemera. Framed and displayed it will make a fine conversation piece.

Thanks for looking

The book Electrotyping and Stereotyping can be read at google books.

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Web address for Electrotyping and Stereotyping
 http://books.google.com/books?id=VnQsAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q&f=false

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