Author Archive | Mike Coughlin

Letterpress books–because real books matter

Rediscovering genuine letterpress There has been a quiet renaissance in letterpress printing–a renaissance that has been particularly vibrant in the United States and across Europe.  And while letterpress printing remains a niche part of the full printing industry, the appeal of letterpress has driven the price of old printing presses to unrecognized heights.  Jon Vost […]

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Joseph Ishill remembered

Joseph Ishill broadside available

Broadside honoring Joseph Ishill, renounded printer and publisherhttps://www.letterpressbookpublishing.com/product/i-have-remained-a-poor-devil/ A printing legend Joseph Ishill, one man alone in his home shop, working nights and weekends with his beloved press, turned out some of the finest books published in America.  His books [and his pamphlets and other emphmera] are rare because he printed only a few of […]

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Letterpress memoirs: should you go that route?

Does it make sense to publish your memoir using letterpress? I would like to say, categorically, yes!  But can’t.  If you want to include a lot of photos, then finding another process for your memoir makes sense.  If you are loading your memoir up with various decorative colors, then letterpress may not be your best choice–unless […]

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Me and My Likker

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s final wishes

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s Last Will and Testament Because of my interest in Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, I requested a copy of his “Last Will and Testament.”  What a document!  Short, to the point and no-holds-barred. He directed that there be no obituary in “any newspaper.”  He further ordered that “My body be placed in my casket […]

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Printers’ fair in Mt. Pleasand Iowa

Printer’s Fair a magnet for letterpress enthusiasts With the Printers’ Fair coming this weekend [September 17-19, 2015] in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, I am reminded of a wonderful trip I made to Iowa many years back to attend Linotype University One, conducted by Larry J. Raid and Bud Lang in Denmark, Iowa.  Both men were wonderful […]

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Me and My Likker

Me and My Likker: Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton booklet

Pamphlet lambastes Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s persecutors When I was introduced to Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton via a newspaper article, I was shamed at the way Federal agents hounded this man to his death.  So I wrote a pamphlet about him and his moonshine career.  Little did I know at the time how much interest there would […]

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How to publish your letterpress poetry book and some things to avoid doing

Why letterpress works so well with poetry book publishing Poetry books and letterpress printing are meant for each other.  I have learned that through the work I have done to typeset, letterpress print and hand bind books for people across the United States.  When my customers approached me they had two primary concerns: letterpress printing will […]

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Letterpress isn’t just for wedding stationery: how hot metal typesetting can improve all letterpress printing

Unique, distinctive beauty drives revival of interest in letterpress printing The revival of interest in letterpress printing, after the market for letterpress work nearly vanished a few decades ago, can be attributed primarily to couples recognizing the beauty and distinction letterpress printing adds to wedding invitations.  This has been well and good for the old black […]

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