Tuesday, 06 Nov 2018 15:26 GMT

Letterpress to inkjet: book charts Picon’s century

As British troops were advancing towards the German border in Northern France following the Battle of Selles a group of representatives of the printing industry gathered in London on October 16th, 1918, to form a trade group with an eye to rebuilding the economy following the imminent end of World War 1.

Picon has celebrated 100 years of representing the print industry with a special book that illustrates the trade group’s activities and achievements over the bulk of the 20th century with chapters on training, exhibitions and the various characters who have graced the organisation. Picon, The First 100 Years, is a lavish and beautifully printed volume charting the story of the Printing Industry Confederation from its origins as The Association of British Manufacturers of Machinery for the Printing and Allied Trades to its current constitution as the leading lobbying organisation of the industry.

For a window on how the printing industry has evolved in those 100 years then the book is an exceptional guide

The forward by its chairman Gerard Heanue reflects on periodic and the incorrect predictions that printing is dead and notes that when it was formed women were yet to gain the vote. Clearly things have changed as its CEO is Bettine Pellant who has worked in the industry in one position or another for many years and who hosted Picon’s recent centenary lunch at Stationers’ Hall in London.

For a window on how the printing industry has evolved in those 100 years then the book is an exceptional guide and is also a showcase of printing skills. It was printed by Optichrome in Woking as a square-format PUR-bound hardback. It has a Brillianta black cloth cover with gloss black and silver foiling, with text pages printed on 170gsm Sappi Galerie Art Matt and it comes in a matching slipcase made using Fenner Colorset Nero. Just the job for a Christmas present for the printer in your life.

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