Monday, May 2, 2011

Orignal Work



4 comments:

  1. Looks like printing is the new Rock and Roll. Great article, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Who'da thunk it. I kinda wish I had bought out the lady that ran a letterpress out of our shop a buncha years ago when she retired. She only did scoring, numbering and foil embossing on her machine, but she once told me that her garage was full of lead typefaces and shuttles and all the stuff she used to use for actually printing.

    I think I coulda been happy being a pressman, if it had been possible to make a decent living at it in the oughts.

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  3. @Ted: wonder if our typewriter obsession is a scratch for a bigger printing itch?

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  4. Could be. I used to run printing presses for a living from the time when we burned metal plates using film negatives developed in a darkroom that were basically pictures of a layout that was manually cut-n-pasted on a light table - till the time when plates were little more than a plastic sheet fed into a special laser printer that output digital pasteups from a computer. It got progressively less interesting and rewarding during that time.

    So hand-crafting a type shuttle with lead type and wooden spacers and woodcut relief blocks? that sounds like a blast! (:

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