The early Monthlies were produced using the “Letterpress” printing process, where the paper was pressed against an inked (usually just one colour) metal printing block, to produce a printed page. If a separate colour was required, for example a colour heading, this was applied with a “second pass” against a second plate inked with the required colour (see the separate page Original Printing Plates).
The covers of the Monthlies were first printed with the photo, then the colour banners, top and bottom, which would include “The Beatles Book” in white (actually just blank). Then a third pass would apply the black lettering – MONTHLY, issue no., date, etc.
Variation 1 – Issue #1