Tuesday, 30 August 2011

paper measurements

Prompted by a cropped word photo, thought it was time to 
add some paper sizes / measurements information here:
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quire1

n
1. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
2. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding)
a.  four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
b.  a section or gathering
3. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a set of all the sheets in a book
[C15 quayer, from Old French quaier, from Latin quaternī four at a time, from quater four times] (source)

Writing paper measurements
25 sheets = 1 quire
500 sheets = 20 quires = 1 ream
1,000 sheets = 40 quires = 2 reams = 1 bundle
5,000 sheets = 200 quires = 10 reams = 5 bundles = 1 bale
'Short' paper measurements[1]
24 sheets = 1 'short' quire
480 sheets = 20 'short' quires = 1 'short' ream
960 sheets = 40 'short' quires = 2 'short' reams = 1 'short' bundle
4,800 sheets = 200 'short' quires = 10 'short' reams = 5 'short' bundles = 1 'short' bale
Posters and printing measurements
516 sheets (= 21½ 'short' quires) = 1 printer's ream
1,032 sheets = 2 printer's reams = 1 printer's bundle
5,070 sheets = 5 printer's bundles = 1 printer's bale
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2 comments:

  1. this is great helen, thank you! brings back memories of when i worked with actual paper and drawing (technical drawing) utensils, mostly technical prints, now i only work with a dumb computer, miss the smell of paper and drawing utensils

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  2. I'm making a small, limited edition, screenprinted book at the moment. I'll send you a copy so you can get your paper fix.

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