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1960s Printing Plates

 

 Beatles Monthly Printing Plates 

*Original and authentic Copper Printing Plates used to print the 
Beatles Monthly Books produced and printed by Thanet Press and published in England by Beat Publications.
*These are guaranteed to be the actual copper plates used on the original 1960s Monthlies, they are not reproduction. 
*Unique one-offs, there are no duplicates. 
*Come with a Beatles Marketplace COA guaranteeing their authenticity. 

NOTE: They do not come with copyright.

*Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
*Come with a full Beatles Marketplace COA with an infinite guarantee
*We promise to give a full refund if for any reason you are not happy
*We can, at your convenience, deliver in person (a fee may apply)

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Monthly No.49 Printing Plates

Product Code PP49/9

 
Monthly No.49 Page.9 August 1967

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Full page Copper Plate for Page.9 on a plywood block.
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Very Good condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

50

 

 

Product Code PP49/10

 
Monthly No.49 Page.10 August 1967

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Full page Photo and Text Copper Plates for Page.10 on plywood blocks.
Comprises of two Plates.
1). Text for top of the page.
Measures approx 5" x 3" x 1".
Very Good condition.
2). Photo of John and George during 'All You Need Is Love' session in the studio.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Very Good condition with some very mild scratching and corrosion spots in a few isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP49/11

Monthly No.49 Page.11 August 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.11 on plywood block (copper plate for the text is missing).
Paul and Ringo during 'All You Need Is Love' session in the studio.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Very Good condition with some very mild scratching and corrosion spots in a few isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP49/24

 
Monthly No.49 Page.24 August 1967

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Full page Copper Plate for Page.24 on a plywood block.
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Very Good condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

50

 

 

Product Code PP49/28

 
Monthly No.49 Page.28 August 1967

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Full page Copper Plate for Page.28 of Paul McCartney in negative form on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one is NOT treated.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 


Monthly No.50 Printing Plates

Product Code PP50/3

 
Monthly No.50 Page.3 September 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.3 of Ringo Starr on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP50/5

 
Monthly No.50 Page.5 September 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.5 of George Harrison on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP50/6

 
Monthly No.50 Page.6 September 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.6 of Paul McCartney on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Fair/Good acceptable condition with corrosion spotting.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP50/13


Monthly No.50 Page.13 September 1967  

Comprising two Copper Plates for Page.13 a full page article on 'Our Visit To Greece'. 
1).  'Spot' colour plate for the heading 'Our Visit To Greece' in purple ink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 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 about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP50/19


Monthly No.50 Page.19 September 1967

Comprising of two Copper Plates for Page.19 a full page article on 'Letters From Beatles People'. 
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
2).  'Spot' colour plate for the LOVE' Graphic in blue ink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx approx 6" x 5" x ".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP50/21


Monthly No.50 Page.21 September 1967
Comprising two Copper Plates for Page.21 the article 'Behind The Spotlight''.
1).  'Spot' colour plate of 'Behind The Spotlight' heading in purple ink. 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 about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP50/22

 
Monthly No.50 Page.22 September 1967
Comprising two Copper Plates for Page.22 the continuation of the article 'Behind The Spotlight''.
1). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
2).  'Spot' colour plate for the two paragraph headings in blue ink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 5" x 3" x ".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

 

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP50/23

 
Monthly No.50 Page.23 September 1967


Full page Copper Plate for Page.23 of Ringo Starr on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one is treated.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP50/28

 
Monthly No.50 Page.28 September 1967

 


Full page Copper Plate for Page.28 of Ringo Starr in negative form on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one is NOT treated.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 


Monthly No.51 Printing Plates

Product Code PP51/8

 
Monthly No.51 Page.8 October 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.8 of John Lennon on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Good acceptable condition with corrosion spotting.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP51/9

 
Monthly No.51 Page.9 October 1967

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Full page Copper Plate for Page.9 on a plywood block.
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Very Good condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

50

 

 

Product Code PP51/11

 
Monthly No.51 Page.11 October 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plates for Page.11 on plywood blocks.
Comprises of two Plates.
1). Photo of John outside the front of his house.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
2). Photo of John blowing a horn instrument.
Measures approx 6" x 4" x 1".
Both in Very Good condition with some very mild scratching and corrosion spots in a few isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated so does not appear in negative form.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

150

 

 

 

Monthly No.52 Printing Plates

Product Code PP52/5

 
Monthly No.52 Page.5 November 1967

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Full page Photo Copper Plate for Page.5 of Paul McCartney in negative form on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Very Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and surface scratches in isolated areas.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one is NOT treated.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

100

 

 

Product Code PP52/18


Monthly No.52 Page.18 November 1967

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Comprising two Text Copper Plates for Page.18 'Letters From Beatles People'
1).  'Spot Colour Plate on thin acrylic board of text  in blue ink. This was added to the previously printed text page on a second print run. 
Measures approx 6" x 5" x ".
2). Text copper plate on plywood block. 
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Both in Excellent condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

50

 

 

Product Code PP52/19

 
Monthly No.52 Page.19 November 1967

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Full page Copper Plate for Page.19 'Letters From Beatles People' on a plywood block.
Measures approx 8" x 5" x 1".
Very Good condition.

For more information about the printing process click below: 
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

50

 

 

Product Code PP52/23


Monthly No.52 Page.23 November 1967

 

 

Full page with two Copper Plates for Page.23 on a plywood block from Magical Mystery Tour.
Measures approx 8" x 6" x 1".
Good acceptable condition with some mild corrosion and scratches.

Note: Some photographic plates were treated with a special permanent black gloss ink by Beat Publications when it ceased publication in 1970 to prevent re-prints. This one was treated. 

For more information about the printing process click below:  
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

Product Code PP52/29


Monthly No.52 Page.29 November 1967

Full page Copper Plate for Page.29 on a plywood block with an article on Beatles News.
Measures approx 7" x 5" x 1".
Excellent condition.

For more information about the printing process click below:  
'About Copper Plates and How the Monthlies were Printed'

SOLD

 

 

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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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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