Does anyone remember the grant enlarger?

Dagwood are celebrating our 50th year producing packaging artwork, print and mock-ups and thought we’d look back at one of the pieces of studio equipment we used in the 70s. 

Grant machines could reduce or enlarge artwork images by projecting them onto a glass plate from which a tracing could be made. Users would stand on a step so they could reach across the entire plate and could then control the enlarging, reducing and focus by turning the handles on the front. 

It was an essential piece of kit in every design studio. We replaced ours in the 80s with a PMT machine (that needed a darkroom) and then in the 90s we moved everything onto Macs.

It is hard to imagine that what was once such a laborious process can now be achieved with just a few clicks of a mouse!  

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