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Music of the Presses: How an L.A. Printer Kept the Art of the Album Cover Alive

By Ben Marks (Collector's

(excerpt from the article) "...In fact, the art of the record jacket never went away, as the current vinyl revival so clearly shows. For more than 50 years, one of the best album-art printers has been Stoughton Printing Company, which opened for business in 1964 in Los Angeles before moving to more spacious quarters in nearby City of Industry. In its earliest days, the company kept the lights on by printing the round labels that were glued to the centers of vinyl discs. Before long, though, the firm had branched out to album covers, which were expertly printed before being glued or “tipped” onto the paperboard jackets that actually protected a record. This old-school technique from the 1950s allowed Stoughton to use better paper than the heavy jacket stock it also printed on, and good paper is what makes album-cover art pop..."

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Jack White's Acoustic Album fresh off the press

Jack White's "Acoustic Recordings" album fresh off the press at Stoughton Printing Company

As Vinyl Returns, They've Got It Covered

By Randall Roberts (The Los Angeles Times)

Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White's album "Lazaretto" sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles. Jack Stoughton Jr., son of the company's founder, takes one from the newly printed stack and admires the work. White's blue suit pops off the print as he sits amid a flock of angel statuettes. The inside of the jacket is black — one more flourish to separate it from the others in the increasingly competitive vinyl business.

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