From time to time I have taken camera in hand and toured my little letterpress shop in an attempt to capture some
of the flavor of the old machines that make my work possible.
The views my camera captured might be interesting so have posted a few of them here. I find each of the machines and the auxiliary items that help them function to be marvels of human creativity: actually of human genius. They were created in the great machine age when cams and gears and punches ruled the manufacturing world. From time to time I will try to add more photos, but for now these are a beginning.
For those who would enjoy a movie about the Linotype machine, please check out http://www.linotypefilm.com It is a vastly entertaining
tribute to the typesetting machine that changed the course of printing history.
Much of the work these machines did for so many decades has been turned over to more modern methods of typesetting and printing, but the old machines still work and they can produce beautiful products. As the printing trades moved to electronic imaging and the
computer became king of the era, the machine age took a backseat, and in some cases, a discarded seat in printing history. But then, in the 1980’s, some people rediscovered that letterpress printing could do things no other printing
process can. Gradually, the old machines that had been the workhorses of the trade began to find new homes in little shops around the country. They became part of a printing art revival and, as with other veteran technologies, letterpress printing found niche markets to serve discriminating customers. While many of these mostly little shops focused their work on specialty stationery, primarily wedding and other social stationery, I decided that
my interest lay in printing and binding quality hot metal typeset and letterpress printed books. Finding people who recognize the value the old technologies add to the beauty and charm of their books has been a satisfying journey for me.
I hope you will enjoy this little visit to my shop. Stop back again.
Cool stuff! It’s easy to see you have a warm relationship with your machines and your shop.