Here are the pages of The Athena Press as they come out of the laminating machine, looking a lot like when they leave a printer. Even moments after the process, the print already looks a bit bolder encased in plastic.
The ladies rolled the pages up to transport them back to the Athena Public Library. There they cut them apart and straighten the pages out, sometimes weighing them down with heavy books. If the pages were laid flat to begin with, they told me, the drying plastic would warp and make the pages wavy. The best way to let them cool is to roll them, the ladies said.