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Vintage Letterpress

Post  Anna S. M. on Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:26 pm

I took a really amazing class this January at HES!  Ted, our wonderful teacher, said I could post pictures.  The Bow and Arrow Press has several working vintage letterpresses and I thought this would be of some interest.  It was fascinating to learn how people used to print, and some of the projects people came up with were beautiful.  I also think it helped me think about writing in unusual ways; typesetting is done backwards and upside down and then the page is oriented to roll up from the bottom of the type to the top, so you really have to plan ahead.  We did some work with designs/linoleum blocks as well.



This is one font, the letters are arranged according to frequency of use mostly.  It's something you don't think about a lot until you realize how exciting it is to use a k or an ff.


This is one of the presses not in use.


In use, still no ink on it because I manually inked the type.


We didn't use them, don't entirely understand how they would work (I think one of them no longer could work?), but they are quite and old pretty cool looking.


Manual press.


Lots of fonts/sizes.


This is a frame with type in it, the type gets locked up and transported to the press bed.


Chemicals and inks.


Linoleum/wood blocks in storage.

Here are some examples of things made there:




That last one was an experiment to see if they could print on a very thin piece of wood.  They have done t-shirts as well.

Here are some I made:




Anyways, this was just so much fun.

Anna S. M.

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Awesome stuff Anna!

Post  Ezra Fradkin ESP '11 on Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:26 pm

Thanks for sharing these pics. It looks like you're into some pretty neat stuff. What is the name of the class?
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