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Veneer? Wood Type

Veneer? Wood Type

French Clarendon? When I was taking a close look at some recently purchased type I thought two blocks looked odd. When I started cleaning the type part of the lowercase “r” separated from the block. Looks like it may be veneer. I don’t know much about veneer wood type. Pretty sure I can perform a little surgery and repair it....
Another Antique Store Find

Another Antique Store Find

Whenever I walk into an antique store I always hope to find something letterpress. It doesn’t happen very often. There’s a nice store in Gardnerville, NV that we go to when visiting family. I really didn’t feel lucky at the slot machines so I told everyone I’d rather go across the street to the antique store. Guess I was the winner of the day. I didn’t hit rich but I did find a few gold nuggets. There was a large enough selection of wood type to look through. Cheap enough that I even thought about buying every letter they had. Instead I chose wisely. I hadn’t been very luck at the Casino the night before so I didn’t want to spend too much. I found 17 letter blocks. Enough to put a smile on my face. One of the more interesting letter was a letter “Q”. It has the appearance that it was roughly cut. Was this an actual font, or an unskilled attempt at hand made type? So I referred to Rob Roy Kelly’s book, American Wood Type 1828 to 1900. It appears to be Ben Franklin.   My favorite of the recent find are 8-letters that appear to be some sort of Antique Extended. Although these 5-line blocks appear to be ultra extended. Still trying to locate a font specimen for reference. The rest of the bunch is nothing to much, just nice additions to the misc. drawer. As you can tell from the photo, I have a little cleaning to do be for there get put...
Wood Type Star Border

Wood Type Star Border

A recent visit to the Hamilton Wood Type web site led to the purchase of some Star Borders. Every once in a while I see vintage pieces of borders pop up on an online action. Vintage is nice, but to pick up several freshly minted pieces at a fair price is even nicer. I’m a happy printer. Thank You Hamilton Printing Museum for making these available to those of use in the world that cherish such an...