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Up until the mid-1960s, wood ad mats were molds used to create lead castings for letterpress printing. The casting was created by pouring hot lead onto the wood mat. After the lead cast cooled, it was secured to the press, where ink and then paper were placed on top. Finally, pressure was brought down on the casting to create the print on the paper. The wood ad mat molds were usually thrown away once the lead cast was made.
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This collection is not restricted.
This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Items are arranged in their original order.
This collection includes photo mats and some accompanying newspaper clippings from North Texas publications, including the "Campus Chat," UNT's newspaper before the current "North Texas Daily." Images on the molds include portraits, candid photos, and group photos of students, professors, and coaches. Some have handwritten names or notes along the mold's edge.
Collection of wood ad mats used in the printing of North Texas Publications, including the university yearbook, from the 1940s. A large number were printed by Jaggars-Chiles Stovall, Inc. of Dallas, Texas.