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 Beatles Monthly Printing Plates 

From 50 each. Please contact us for prices at: 
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Original and authentic Copper Printing Plates which were actually used to print the 
1967 Beatles Monthly Books. They are unique one-offs, there are no duplicates. 
Produced and printed by The Thanet Press and published by Beat Publications in England.
NOTE: They do not come with copyright.

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Monthly No.49 Printing Plates

Product Code PP01

 
Page 5

Comprising of two copper plates on plywood blocks.
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 5" x 3" x 1".
2). Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block in negative form with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Both in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP02

 
Page 13
Full page photo of Ringo. Copper plate on plywood block. Measures 8" x 6" x approx 1".
Very Good condition with some corrosion to the surface.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP03

 
Page 14
Beatles Pen Pals names and addresses. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 5" x 4" x 1".
Very Good condition with some mild corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP04

 
Page 15

Continuation from page 14 on Beatles Pen Pals comprising of two copper plates on plywood blocks.
1).  Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block with Paul on extreme left edge appearing slightly faded almost negative form and some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Note: The plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, but when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 5" x 3" x 1".
Both in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.    

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP05

 
Page 18
'Letters From Beatles People'. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 5" x 1".
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP06


Page 19

 'Spot' colour plate for the drawing in blue ink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 2" ".
 
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP07

 
Page 21

Comprising of two pieces for a full page article by Billy Shepherd and Johnny Dean. 
1). 'Spotplate' for 'Behind The Spotlight' drawing and wording in red. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 5" x ".
2).  Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP08

 
Page 22
Continuation from page 21 on the article 'Behind The Spotlight'. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Very Good condition with some light corrosion to the surface in a few islolated areas.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP09

 
Page 23
Full page photo of The Beatles having fun in the sea during 1964 U.S tour. Copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures 8" x 6" x approx 1".
Very Good condition with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP10

 
Page 29
'Beatles News'. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 5" x 1".
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP11

 
Page 31
Half-Page photo copper plate of Beatles during the 'Our World' TV Show on plywood block with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

 

Monthly No.50 Printing Plates

Product Code PP12


Page 8
Comprising of two pieces for an article on 'How I Won The War'.
1).  'Spot' colour plate of 'How I Won The War' wording in purple/pink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 2" x ".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 5" x 1".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP13


Page 9

Full page photo of John from How I Won The War. Copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures 8" x 6" x approx 1".
Very Good condition with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP14

 
Page 10

Continuation from page 8 on the article 'How I Won The War' comprising of two copper plates on plywood block and one Spot color plate.
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 3" x 1".
2). Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas. 
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
3). 'Spot' colour plate of the wording in blue 'Filmed Last Year'. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 5" x ".
All in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP15

 
Page 11

Continuation from page 10 on the article 'How I Won The War' comprising of two copper plates on plywood block and one Spot color plate.
1). Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block with some small areas of corrosion some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 3" x 1".
3). 'Spot' colour plate of the wording in blue 'Filmed Last Year'. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 2" x " x ".
All in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP16

 
Page 26

Comprising of two copper plates on plywood blocks.
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 3" x 1".
2). Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas. 
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Both in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

 

Product Code PP17

 
Page 27

Comprising of two copper plates on plywood blocks.
1). Half-Page photo copper plate on plywood block with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas. 
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 6" x 3" x 1".
Both in Very Good condition.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

 

Product Code PP18

 
Page 29

 'Spot' colour plate of 'Have You Missed Any Of These Issues' wording in purple/pink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 3" x 3 x ".
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

 

Monthly No.52 Printing Plates

Product Code PP19


Page 3

Full page photo of Ringo from Magical Mystery Tour. Copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures 8" x 6" x approx 1".
Very Good condition with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas. 

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.     

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP20


Page 6

Comprising of two pieces for a full page article on Magical Mystery Tour by the Fan Club Secretaries with this page being the first report by Freda Kelly. 
1). 'Spot' colour plate of 'The Magical Mystery Tour' wording in blue. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 5" x ".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. Measures approx 7" x 5" 1".

Very Good condition with some light wear and rubbing to the text on the plywood block. MMT 'Spot' colour is in Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP21


Page 7

Comprising of two half-page photos from Magical Mystery Tour on one block of John (with secretary) at the top and Paul (with secretary) at the bottom. Copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures 8" x 6" x 1".
Good condition with some corrosion to the surface.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints.   

 For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP22


Page 9

Full page article on Magical Mystery Tour following on from page 6 by the Fan Club Secretaries with this page being partly a continuation on the first report by Freda Kelly and a second report by Jeni Crowley. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP23

 
Page 10

Full page article on Magical Mystery Tour by the Fan Club secretaries following on from page 9 with this page being partly a continuation on the second report by Jeni Crowley and a third report by Barbara King. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP24

 
Page 11

Comprising of two pieces for a full page article on Magical Mystery Tour by the Fan Club secretaries following on from page 10 with this page being partly a continuation on the third report by Barbara King and a fourth report by Sylvia Nightingale. 
1).  'Spot' colour plate of the blue wording. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx approx 5" x 4" x ".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

 

Product Code PP25

 
Page 30
Full page photo of Ringo. Copper plate on plywood block. Measures 8" x 6" x approx 1".
Very Good condition with some corrosion to the surface in a few isolated areas.

Note: The photo plate was treated with a permanent black gloss ink, by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970, to prevent re-prints, however when photographed with a flash it appears as a negative image. To see more images click on the thumbnail.  

 For more information please click on: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

 

'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'
They were printed using the 'Letterpress' printing process (modern printing is by Litho) which is by today's standard very basic. The plates were produced in reverse (mirror image) to the printed page. Paper was rolled over the pre-inked plates with huge pressure using a cylinder print machine (such as a Hiedelberg). The plates were mounted onto thick plywood blocks (precisely 0.918" or 23.3mm thick which was the industry standard) with either a very strong two sided adhesive or with small panel pins, being imperative that they were absolutely square on. Multiple plates were paged up together (possibly up to eight pages at a time), printing first one side then turning the paper over, after the ink had dried, and printing the other side. If more than one colour or exceptional text variation or drawing etc was required, they would have been printed in two or more passes, once in black and then with what was known as the 'Spotplate' (either colour or text). These were thinner (approx " or 5mm thick) with the plates mounted onto a thin tough plastic type material with a very strong two sided adhesive. Sometimes layers of paper were stuck to the back of the plates to build them up so they are all precisely level, which was vital for the ink to print evenly and consistently. When the ink began to fade the blocks were 'inked up' again, which is why you sometimes find subtle variations in colour tone in the Beatles Monthlies as the ink would have required re-applying fairly frequently on such a large print run. The ink was not runny like the ink in a pen, but a lot thicker more a tar like consistency. Sometimes the ink would run down onto the edges of the plywood (depending upon how much ink was applied) with the pressure of the cylinder squeezing it from the surface of the plate. To hold the plates in place (it was equally as vital they did not move) they were placed in what was called a 'Chase' and held firmly in place with what was known as 'Furniture and Coins'. These were not actually furniture and coins! They were a nod to 'Caxton' operating from a church and using bits of broken furniture and bent coins from the church collection where printing in England first began! In the 1960s the printers would have used whatever was convenient or available in the workshop, but usually small pins or nails were used, which explains why some of the plywood block still have small pins still in them.

NOTE: In Monthly No.77 (the final edition), Page. 21 the Photographic Plates are offered for sale, but there is no mention of either the 'Text Plates' or the 'Spotplates', which suggests they were not sold. The offer read as follows: 
Real Solid Copper Half-tone etchings. These are the actual solid copper printing plates which were used to produce certain issues of the The Beatles Book. With one of them you could, of course, run off 100,000 prints, but we have had them sprayed by a special process with a glossy black ink so that the normal negative photograph effect has been turned into a positive picture. If you are in doubt as to what you will actually be getting, do please check before you order. Only one of each solid copper half-tone is available, so you will never find a duplication and they are being offered at virtually the cost price. They are ideal for framing to make wall decorations, etc. 
Some of the photographic plates for sale are still in the negative form, which suggests not all were sprayed and/or sold.

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The following grading system has been used to describe all items:

Mint (M)  As new
Near Mint (NM)  Almost like new with one or two minor flaws
Excellent (EX) Minor wear yet looks attractive and is perfectly useable
Very Good (VG) Some wear and tear but overall useable and presentable
Good (G) Apparent wear and tear but with no obvious deterioration of the condition
Fair (F) Extremely worn

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