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Old November 29, 2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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I bought some way back when, and it was amazingly hard.

There was another kind of lead that was used to cast full sheets of type, although I can't find it online in any references. Type was punched into heavy fiberboard. Molten alloy was injected into a mold that was faced with this punched sheet. the result was a round printing press plate.

This wasn't linotype metal, it was softer and brittle. Any type metal that you find that's in full sheets should be taken with a grain of salt.
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