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    The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" Mechanical Color Overlay (United Artists, 1964). After United Artists had developed the look of the posters, they would work up the mechanicals, and then choose colors for the final poster. A mechanical is the final artwork for a graphic project that is to be reproduced. Mechanicals usually consist of a lightweight illustration board with all of the camera-ready paste-up artwork (the type, illustrations and photostats) attached in their final positions, with the overlays indicating color attached. Offered in this lot is the 20" x 30" original mechanical of the Three Sheet for "A Hard Day's Night," plus a tissue overlay which gives the printer's reference for the color separations for the poster. The tissue color overlay is all produced by hand. This was used by Continental Litho Co. to make the color separation plates with which to print this historic poster. Since this set of mechanicals is obviously a single stage of development of the final version, this item is one of a kind. This is truly a unique piece, and will most likely never be offered again. The rarity of these elements for the printing of posters cannot be overstated. Very Fine+.

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    October, 2005
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