# What replaced lead-based pigments? [closed]

In the 1960s and before, even black and white letters had some lead from the actual metallic letters used by typesetters—some rubbed off. Same thing with books printed before 1970 or so and libraries were concerned about kids' books and started to take the older ones off the shelves.

But what had a really large amount of lead was the funny pages, the pigment itself had lead and other metals. I assume this is no longer the case and if so, what is now used for color in newspapers and magazines?

• Presently, the white color of the paper is due to $\ce{CaCO3}$ for ordinary paper, and by $\ce{TiO2}$ for precious documents. Sep 9 '21 at 19:59
• Documents were not a major source of lead in the environment. Paint and some ceramic glazes were far more likely to cause danger to people. I actually doubt the idea that lead from typesetting was ever notable, pigments possibly so but I'd need to see real evidence lead was widely used. Jan 16 at 17:43