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  • There is a wonderful letterpress shop in the New Mexico History Museum in the Palace of the Governors. They have several presses although I am not sure I saw a vandercook. The curator is Tom Leech. If they don't have the press you want I am sure Tom can steer you to one. David
    David Goodrich Feb 13, 2010
  • Gerald, I agree that lye is the modern name but "ley" is the historic term that would have been used in 1879. See MacKellar's "The American Printer", pgs 264-5. According to this, the pressman was responsible for washing the form after printing so our heroine would not have had a special position for this duty. But distributing the type afterwards sounds like a perfect job for a...
    David Goodrich Feb 2, 2010
  • Intrigued by the discussion, I looked over old issues of Printing History and found in Volume 1 Number 1 a review of a book titled "Notes on Woman Printers in colonial America and the United States 1639-1975" by Marjorie Dana Barlow (Charlottesville (Virginia), 1976). According to the review, the book is organized by state and identifies 228 woman printers of whom 150 were in the...
    David Goodrich Feb 1, 2010
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  • Jonathan, If you are using roller bearers and are getting ink on the back of your plate, you are using way too much ink. Consistent inking is the hardest part of handpress work. Because the printing is so slow, ink has a tendency to dry and needs frequent but minimal refreshing. Rummonds has a system for creating a fountain on the back of his ink plate but it hasn't really worked...
    David Goodrich Nov 30, 2009
  • I have printed PPL plates on a hand press and had no difficulty. There is no reason to get deep relief or any other special type of plates. The real difference is in the inking. On a hand press there are no tracks and no trucks to run on them. You have to be very careful not to overink. You absolutely need roller bearers. An easy way to do this is to get two strips of PPL about a...
    David Goodrich Nov 27, 2009
  • Bryce, You left out a key point in the story. The printer had paid a tourist's visit to the U.S. Mint and purchased a souvenir sheet of about a dozen $20 bills, printed on one side. He had this pinned up in his shop along with the sign, "We make money the old-fashioned way . . . we print it." The person whom I first heard the story from swears it's true. David [Non-text portions of...
    David Goodrich May 10, 2009
  • Appears to be 18 pt Park Avenue, a face popular in the 50s and 60s but out of favor today. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    David Goodrich Apr 21, 2009
  • The book measures 9" h x 9 1/4"w x 15/16" thick and is 320 pages, paperbound on thick coated stock, entirely in full color. I have to agree with Jessica about some of the contents. In addition, the graphic design is very modern, almost web-page style, which seems totally out of keeping with the wood type itself. But Greg includes a lot a valuable information. He also is to be...
    David Goodrich Jan 8, 2009
  • The maxim I have always heard is "When in doubt use Chelt." [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    David Goodrich Nov 8, 2008
  • The book sounds like a fascinating idea and lots of fun. Before you get too committed to the alphabetical typeface idea though, you should realize that giving names to typefaces didn't occur to anyone until the late 19th century. Before that types were at most given categories such as Roman, Egyptian, Gothic, Open, Shadowed, Ornamented, Antique, Tuscan, etc. Types were then sold by...
    David Goodrich Feb 27, 2008