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Offset printing is a type of lithography sometimes used to print fanzines, but less commonly than mimeography or photocopying, being more expensive.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|Reproduction by adhesion of ink to prepared surfaces; metal sheets are used nowadays (stone was the original surface, hence the name) which can reproduce in accurate detail and with large solid areas; photos can be reproduced in half-tone. The process came into considerable use with Assorted Services, tho presently commercials were found who could do the job cheaper than Ackerman & Co. (It costs plenty anyway.) Our front cover [in first ed] is an example of this process.|
|From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944|
|Lithoing Originally, reproduction by stone which absorbed water, and therefore would not take ink, except where it has been marked with a greasy pencil. Metal sheets are now used, which permits reproduction in accurate detail and with large solid areas; fotos can be reproduced in half-tone. The process came into considerable use in fandom with the establishment of Assorted Services, tho publishers presently found commercials who could do the job for them cheaper than Ackerman cud. Costs plenty anyway.|
- “In 1939, Lithography Came to Fanzines — But Why?” First Fandom Experience, January 23, 2020.