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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 165 (143)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 165
Page 165

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 165


THE USE OF SHEET LEAD FOR ROOFS is centuries old, but only with the development of hard lead (an alloy), permitting thinner sheets, were such roofs removed from the most expensive category. Lead roots are long lasting and are pleasing in color and texture, as shown in this Lead Industries Association photograph. lead may also be employed as flashings and couplings, and for water-proofing, especially in cases of corrosion.

white-lead paint is economical. After long service it can be washed clean and bright with a mild soap solution. Finger marks, dust collections, and the accumulation of dirt around ventilating outlets can be easily removed, thus extending the life of the decorative job with consequent savings of money and shutdown time.

Painted walls need not be flat plain colors, although effective decorating schemes can be created by using contrasting colors on adjacent walls or by means of stripes or other variations. A very useful device, especially in smaller areas such as lounges or corridors, is the all over stencil. It is especially valuable where it is desired to give an otherwise bare room a furnished appearance with a minimum amount of actual furniture. Executed in white-lead paint, the allover stencil design can have all of the decorative value of wallpaper plus the washability that makes white-lead painted interiors so economical in maintenance..

Mural Cement

White lead is also used as a cementing material for the application of mural paintings to plaster walls. Fine paintings of this type are usually done on canvas in the studio and applied to the walls with a cement made of paste white lead and varnish. Paintings so applied are not only firmly attached to the wall but are protected from any chemical action which might otherwise occur between the plaster and the colors in the painting.

Leaded Glass

The purely decorative uses of metallic lead are limited only by the imagination of the designers and there is much precedent from which to draw. The first thought in this connection will doubtless be of leaded glass windows, in which the we of lead cames can be expanded to include silhouettes and outlines of great variety and interest. An unusual and very effective variation of this thought is the enclosing of a decorative pierced sheet of lead between two panes



of plate glass to produce the effect of wrought grillwork. In this manner, designs of great intricacy and originality can be executed with comparatively small expense and an installation of this type possess the advantage of being easily cleaned.

Sheet Lead

Attractive lighting fixtures are an asset to a theatre both in the lobby and in the auditorium, and lead offers interesting possibilities in this field. Leaded glass or silhouettes of lead applied to glass or a combination of both are interesting applications. Sheet lead silhouettes are easily made. They can be timely or amusing and sinCe they are not difiicult to produce they can be changed with the season or they might even be

made to fit the theme of the current presentation.

Sheet lead is adaptable and easily worked and can therefore be economically used for the unusual decorative details which give a theatre individuality. Repousse masks, figures, crestings for dis play boards and other features of lead can be left in the natural color or painted and gilded. Repousse. lead panels of subjects associated with the theatre would make an unusually effective soflit for a marquee or a lobby ceiling. Stamped panels of one design alternated with varied hand worked panels would produce a highly individual result with economy.

Miscellaneous Uses

0n the stage lead may be used for counterweights where space is limited and some of the curtains will certainly be weighted with lead weights especially made for the purpose. Power cables and sound-equipment cables are often lead sheathed for mechanical protection and electrical shielding.

The poster shop can often use lead effectively in the construction of displays in the form of sheets and strips for stiffening and Weighting as well as for silhouettes or cutouts. The property man will sometimes find that a rug or a carpet has a curly corner which can be subdued by sewing or gluing a narrow strip of lead to the under side.

In fact, about the only place around a theatre where important and helpful uses for lead cannot be found is at the cashieris window. But even the lead nickel is an illustration of the workability of lead and the ease with which it may be shaped into any form.

USE OF LEAD AS A WATER-PROOFING MATERlAL is important in the construction of toilets, air-conditioning machinery rooms, and other places where water is used in operating equipment. This Lead Industries Association photograph shows workmen welding the ioints of a lead pan under the floor of a room designed to house water-operated equipment, an excellent insurance against costly repair bills as a result of leakage.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 165