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John G. Cooley Wood Type

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 visit I picked a few sorts at an antique store near her house. Prior to this visit she struck gold and found the “Bonanza”. Part of the lot was a small set of 60pt Cheltenham Condensed bold caps lead type. Pretty abused. We’ll have to see how well it prints. On the surface it looks like a few pieces might have been dropped, flattening a few serifs. Then there is about a 4A set of 10-line Gothic wood blocks that look pretty old. A decent amount of Tuscan sorts, but some are fragile and have cracks, if not already split. It was nice to find a matching letter “J” among my sorts. This batch truly showed that it was a barn find (see below). The feature of this find is the John G. Cooley 40-line Antique Condensed, circa 1868. This is a large set. Multiples of every letter except the “Z” and the “M”. The above sorts includes some unique letters. You have to love the lowercase Tuscan Condensed “g”. Who wouldn’t want an entire set of Antique Double Outline Shaded? I’ll settle for a beat-up old...
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....
Cheltenham Wood Type

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. I tried to negotiate but there wasn’t much give. Don’t get me wrong, I have no buyers remorse. Just didn’t want to pay full price for numbers and punctuation. Then again, I didn’t want to see anymore of the set broken up. Serif type is a premium, and Solid type with matching inline will always put a smile on your face. That is if you’re into letterpress printing. So here it is, 10-line Cheltenham Bold Condensed with inline Wood Type. Might be extra condensed. I haven’t found a type speciman. Although it’s Hamilton, marked Two Rivers,...
30-Line Gothic Poster

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. I also spent some of the morning, while I waited for the Fedex truck, cleaning a drawer of 10-line De Vinne recently acquired at the San Jose Printer’s Fair. About half way there, and it’s cleaning up real...
A Day at the Fair – Bay Area Printers’ Fair.

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. It is a long process, building a studio. Right now we are lucky if we can add a font or two, here or there. At this years event we were able to add some nice wood type and lead type to our collection. Letterpress Things had a nice selection, but wood type is a sought after commodity in the eyes of aspiring letterpress enthusiast. So it was selling fast. Picked up a pizza box full of 10-line all cap serif font (looks very much like De Vinne, there are a few little variations). Always nice to see sets sold complete, as opposed to per letter. I was also happy to see Skyline Type Foundry made the journey from Arizona. Nice to add some of his unique offerings of fonts to our type cases. We added 24pt Clematis and 24pt Caxtonian. M & H Type had a table this year. Another great source. Picked up a small perpetual calendar Handy Font No. 703 18pt. I’m sure given the time and money I could spend a lot if I spent more time around Skyline’s and M&H Type’s table . They would be dangerous company for my pocket book. Also, it’s always nice to pick up a few tubes of ink from Dave Robinson.   S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair...
14 Pounds of Type in a Little Box

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. Wasn’t to sure what the actual font was. It’s always nice to have big type. After looking through some old ATF type specimen books I think this may be Headline Gothic...