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John G. Cooley Wood Type

40-Line Antique Condensed (?) This recent purchase has the J. G. Cooley, New York makers mark. This places the date of manufacturing between 1859 and 1868. I told my Sister in-law that I’m now going to expect to find letterpress type every time I come to visit. Last...

A Letterpress Bonanza!

Bonanza? Well, maybe more like a Ponderosa. We recently added some curious items to our little garage studio. My Sister-in-law found some printer’s blocks and wood type at an antique shop near Carson City, NV. She picked up the entire box. Printer’s blocks, wood type...

Sigwalt No.10

The Ben Franklin Print Shop Sigwalt No. 10 Every once in a while I find a letterpress item in an antique shop. Usually it’s a piece of wood type here and there. When we’re really lucky we have found a whole bunch of type. We’ve even found a couple of...

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...

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...

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....

What is this font? (SOLVED)

I was out in the shop (garage) organizing. Pulled the bottom drawer of our type cabinet and took a close look at the type. It’s a mystery. I had not paid much attention to what was in the drawer because I thought it was a common form of a Blackletter type like...

Cheltenham Wood Type

Let’s just say I may have been overly excited when I found this type at an antique store. I don’t no about you, but I have a formula for how much I like to pay for wood type. Needless to say, I paid up for this lot.

Large Copper Faced Printer’s Block

Printer’s blocks are a curious item. I see a few here and there at antique stores. Not as coveted of a find as wood type is to this press guy. Matter of fact I don’t always find printer’s blocks interesting. There are certain subjects that will catch my eye.

30-Line Gothic Poster

It wasn’t a light package the delivery man left at the front door. You would expect a big box of letterpress 5″ wood type to be on the heftier side. And it was. About a year ago I had already filled on drawer of the Hamilton Case with 18-Line All Caps Gothic Poster. Any day you can fill a drawer with wood type is a good day. Today is a better than average day because 3o-line Poster Gothic filled two drawers.

Pedal Car Poster

A couple of years ago we went to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and I saw a photo of a little kid and his pedal car. I knew I wanted to use it in a design. I had to have it.

A Package From Romania

Been looking at some wood type by PetrescuPress (Now Wood Type Customs) on ebay and etsy. They are out of Romania and the price seems very reasonable. So I decided to buy some simple motifs to see if it looked as good in real life.

A Day at the Fair – Bay Area Printers’ Fair.

This was our second year going to the San Jose Printer’s Guild’s event. Officially called the S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose. As usual this is a small gathering of like minded individuals who enjoy the art and history of letterpress printing. It’s a good opportunity to purchase items for our studio.

The Letterpress Shop’s New Bike

To say we have a new bike for our studio implies that we had an old one – We didn’t. I just thought it would be fun to have a cruiser bike. Something a little slower pace than a feather light road bike or an off-road mountain bike.

More Big Wood Type

Well, imagine my surprise when I wondered into an antique store in Walnut Creek, CA almost two years latter and find more big letters. The letters O(x3), another Z, F,T and L.

14 Pounds of Type in a Little Box

Purchased some san serif 72pt type off ebay the other day. Imagine my wife’s surprise when she went to pick up the little package left on the porch. Lets just say it caught her off guard. She never expected it to be 14 pounds.

To Quote Thoreau

I have been playing around with this complex arrangement of all “sorts” of miscellaneous items from our type cases. Little bit of wood type, some 72pt and 48pt lead foundry type, odd sized borders, and decorative elements. Ran a few test prints on the...