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Pedal Car Poster

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. As far as old photos goes it was a little on the pricey side (about 12$). Knowing that I would use it I was willing to pay a few extra bucks. I didn’t know how, or when I’d use it, but I would– I was inspired. I just felt it was the perfect subject. Just look at this kid, the hat, the overalls and the serious look on his face. So the next time you’re in antique store don’t pass up looking at a stack of old photos, there may be a real gem. I played around a lot till I found a style that worked. Then I decided to try to carve a linoleum block that could be used on a 13″ x 19″ poster. Once again I’m influenced by Hatch Show Posters. Mine would not be for a show, hence it would be a “No Show Poster”. Finally had some free time to put ink on the press. This was a perfect job for our Showcard press. To set the mood I was listening to Jimmy Smith, Dave Brubeck and Ben Webster. All together I think I printed about 25 posters. It’s always fun to vary the pressure and ink coverage when you’re hand inking things. Now on to my next project. Don’t know what that is is, but I should run something on the C&P....
Our Trip to Hatch

Our Trip to Hatch

While planning our vacation to the South, Anita asked me if there was some place I really wanted to see. I said if we’re in Nashville I’d love to see Hatch Show Print. I would have been happy just gazing over their beautiful shop and hanging out in the gift shop. My wonderful wife booked a guided tour where we learned more about the history of Hatch. We even got to print our own commemorative poster. I credit hatch for sparking my interest in letterpress printing. Hatch Show Print — Letterpress A Must See For Anyone Who Loves Letterpress! Saw this Poster back in 2008 in Seattle. Don’t know why I didn’t Buy it then. If you’re in Nashville and you want one Hatch Poster it should be a classic Hank Williams. Every letterpress studio should have a coffee cup from Hatch Show Print. Didn’t get to go to the Picker’s Nashville store. But I had already purchased this Hatch poster a few years...
To Quote Thoreau

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 C&P but had lots of issues with spacing and locking up the type. When I finished cleaning up the Showcard press I inked up the chase with some Copper Gold ink and pulled a few prints. I was really happy with the results. It made a nice impression and I had lots of control. I had been worried if the cracks in the impression roller were going to cause problems. So far there isn’t an issue. I always love quotes, always so profound. Sometimes a good quote can put everything into perspective, or just put a smile on your face. It's Not What You Look At That...
Limited Edition Baseball Letterpress Broadside

Limited Edition Baseball Letterpress Broadside

The broadside is a piece of Americana. The history is rich. So when I had the opportunity to print large on a Reflex flatbed press I wanted to capture the essence of an old baseball advertising poster. But, not just any poster. While researching my grandfather’s semipro baseball career I came across a full page ad for a California State League Championship 1928. Smack there in the middle of the page was an image of my grandfather. I had seen the image as a clipping in a family scrapbook. This clipping allowed me to scan an image close to first generation halftone. The rough halftone gave the print a unique image. This poster was inspired by the Hatch Show Poster Triple Johnnie. You can also learn more about my San Mateo Blues baseball history research project at...