HEY! I used to be a stripper, we used this to register 4/c photo separations. The printing industry has come a LONG way since then.
Honestly, my mother once asked me “Is there ANYTHING else I can tell people that you do for your job???”
The Fox made excessive amounts of cash in the graphic arts until the apple computers came along and let everyone be their own prepress department… I started out stripping but got tired of all the wisecracks so I transferred to the scanner department doing separations on the Hell 340 and uploading them for the SciTex workstation… I do miss the days when customers cared enough about quality to pay what it was worth.
I remember SciTex, Hell scanners and somewhere in the mix, ChromaCom. I can’t remember what came first though. I was working at a little separation place in Sacramento. I loved the process of stripping, that company and especially the next that I worked for specialized in prepping magazines. I was very detail oriented so it wasn’t long before I was given the job to double check all the flats for accuracy and separation register and moires of the screens laid down. I saved the company a lot of money. Film and proofs were expensive! God I loved that work.
I miss the old days too.
I have a funny old photo of myself pregnant as can be and wearing a t-shirt that says “I’m Proud to be a Stripper” (with Kelly). I got it at a convention, I think it was a company that sold vinyl sheets that you would use for basic stripping. I much preferred the finer art with acetate/orange masking sheets/rubilyth and such.