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MESSRS. ILIFFE and SONS, LIMITED
Printers, Publishers, Lithographers, Photo-Engravers, Transfer Printers, Electrotypers and Stereotypers
In addition to what may be termed the staple industries of Coventry, the city is also the centre of a very important section of the printing trade, being the home of the old-established firm of Iliffe and Sons Ltd, the proprietors and printers of a number of well-known specialised and technical journals.
Owing to the fact that the publishing part of the business is conducted from the London offices of the firm, few people realise, perhaps, the magnitude of the works output, but some idea of this will be gained from the fact that something like sixty tons of printed papers are now being turned out each week, and there is every indication that this quantity will be exceeded in the future.
LIST OF PRINCIPAL PUBLICATIONS.
It is only possible to refer briefly to the different publications of the firm. which include-
Messrs. Iliffe & Sons, Limited, also publish numerous handbooks in conjunction with their various weekly and monthly publications, and undertake general printing work of all kinds, both letterpress and lithographic.
Another department of the firm is that devoted to the designing and printing of transfers, these being supplied for a wide variety of purposes, such as affixing to bicycles, motor cycles, talking machines, agricultural implements, hardware, pianos, safes, tramcars and railway carriages. A speciality of this branch of the business is the production of window transfers for advertising purposes, these being supplied in all sizes and in any number of colours.
THE BLOCK-MAKING DEPARTMENT.
Photo-engraving is yet another branch of the firm's activities, and they possess a very up-to-date plant for making process blocks in line, half-tone or three-colour, and also electrotypes and stereotypes by the most modern methods. Connected with this department is a large staff of photographers, artists and designers for the preparation of original illustrations, drawings and sketches, photographic retouching and the working-up of rough designs.
The works throughout are equipped with the latest appliances and machinery, among the latter being no less than six large, specially-built rotary printing machines, each of which is designed to print, fold, stack and count 64-page sheets at the rate of six thousand copies per hour.