Saturday, June 9, 2012

What is Yellow All Over and No Longer Re(a)d?

Look what arrived on our doorstep this week: the newest version of The Yellow Pages.

A relic, really. Who uses the Yellow Pages anymore? Google searches are so much easier and more informative. Off to the recycling bin you go, Yellow Pages. I wonder if we'll even see you next year.

Actually, individual sheets from The Yellow Pages are pretty handy to printmakers. In the final stage of inking a zinc or copper plate for printing, we often use a crisp sheet from the Yellow Pages to wipe clean the final bit of surface ink if we don't want "plate tone." So, it is nice to have a ready supply of Yellow Page sheets in the studio.

But, with several books sitting in a cabinet, I've got a lifetime supply in my studio already. And, at school, our intaglio classroom is stocked with at least fifteen books accumulated over the years. At about a thousand sheets per book, I think we are set for a very, very long time.

You are nearing the end of your era, Yellow Pages. Thanks and goodbye!

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