Monday, 7 January 2008

Love and Letterpress

Usually when I tell someone I've bought a letterpress they'll say, "Awesome!" and then, "...what is a letterpress, exactly?"

If you click here, you'll see the mini-documentary on letterpress that still gives me chills. The first 10 seconds tipped me from "I'd like to have a letterpress" to "I must have a letterpress or I'll surely die".

The documentary is type-focused and doesn't show the actual machine that I own (a Chandler & Price Old Style), but it's wonderful, and fascinating, and well worth watching. I promise there are no diagrams.

Right. I'm off to clean more "historical grime" off my press.


  1. Oh that's fascinating! Thanks for the link. It looks like it's going to be a lost art not too long from now. :(
    Can't wait to see what you can do with it - VERY exciting!
    I think even the sounds it will make will be lovely. :)

  2. hi, I've just discovered your blog and am now very very jealous of your letterpress machine!!! I have two small hand presses up in my loft, and it my dream to have a letterpress workshop so they can come out. It's nice to see that I am not the only one that loves things like this!
    : )

  3. Out of sorts. Hhm. Who'd have thought it came from that?

  4. amazing!! thank you for the video, and congratulations on getting back 'in sorts' :)

  5. I'm in love with the way letterpress looks- the crisp indentation is perfect. I've never had experience with letterpress before and I've recently come across a great video clip that provides some letterpress lingo. Thought I'd share it.

  6. Great video,I am glad that I came by here. Good luck with your letter press (what a monster)...letter press shall and will not die !