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inventory / collection Tuesday February 16 2010 11:39 am

Wallpaper printing rolls

My daughter gave us two lamps she found at a yard sale (if you can call it that) in Manhattan that had been made from what we think are printing rolls for making wallpaper. They might work for fabric.

wallpaper rolls

The one above is 5″ in diameter and 18 1/2″ long.

They are cylinders made of wood with an outline drawing of the image for the colors. I cannot tell how the drawing is applied, but it seems that this would need to be quite accuracte for each roll depending on how many colors are being used. I’ve noticed that many older wallpapers are at best only close when it comes to registration and the design works around the need.

There is a thin metal line that is driven into the wood that essentially forms the outline. When there is a solid area it is filled with some kind of mortar or grout. The mortar works really well as there isn’t any area broken out over the whole piece. Below is the other roll which is 6 1/4″ x 20 1/4″.

wallpaper rolls

wallpaper rolls

A few questions we have are “How do they drive that outline in and get it so evenly “type high”? Maybe it is ground.

What are those dots? Some are circles with dots inside and some are solid which may indicate ones that are filled in and maybe others that are reversed out.

What is the use of those nails you can see in the middle photo in the upper right? Do they represent some kind of registration system?

What kind of press are they printed on?

inventory / collection Wednesday October 14 2009 02:33 am

Australian Memorial Card Company

In a recent discovery of family photographs we came across this letterpressed / foil stamped card from the Australian Memorial Card Company.

The border and basic elements of the card appear to be foil stamped. The text relevant to Eliza Miller clearly has been printed by a relief printing method, but the gold color is not as bright a metallic. The piece is in excellent shape given that it is from 1905.

The photo has been cut out and adhered to the surface of the card.

Anyone know anything of the company that produced the card or how they might have produced it? Linotype the personal elements? Can you foil stamp this so easily that you could produce one-off cards like this?

The card is 8.75″ x 11″. There is a close-up below.

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inventory / collection Saturday July 12 2008 06:00 am

Sawmill

Lead Graffiti is starting an effort to produce a wooden “Common” press made out of the correct materials. The main issue is the larger wood pieces used for such presses during the 1700s were made from Elm and you can’t just go the lumber yard and buy a 6″ x 8″ x 7′ board in Elm. We’ve found a source for elm trees that will be cut down over the next several years. We’ve been looking for a sawmill that can cut big boards. I think we found one just south of Chestertown, Maryland.

These boards weren’t even the biggest ones. Wanna see Mike Kaylor with a couple of the short, big ones?

inventory / collection & trips Monday September 24 2007 06:08 pm

Craig Cutler and letterpress

We were working on the new studio today, bringing some things to decorate the space a bit before we start moving the big, heavy things. I have a photo taken by a former student of mine named Craig Cutler who is a photographer in New York City and a big deal in the world of advertising photography.

Craig was chosen to shoot a photo for the Life Magazine celebrating the 100 most important moments of the last millennium. As fate would have it he was chosen to represent Johannes Gutenberg as moment NUMBER ONE. He got to hold the bible, turn the pages, and choose which page would be used for the photo. Whew.

It is kind of coincidental that in my retirement I’ve gravitated to letterpress printing.

Here is Craig’s photo.

In Jill and my travels we’ve now seen 10 of the 48 or so Gutenberg Bibles.

If you stop by our studio you can see the original photo of Craig’s.

inventory / collection Monday June 04 2007 10:24 pm

F2 Design / letterpress shop in Lubbock, TX

We just bought four posters from a great letterpress shop run by a guy named Dirk Fowler in Lubbock, Texas. Here are a couple.


Check out the F2 Design website.

inventory / collection Sunday January 21 2007 10:55 am

Amos Kennedy posters

We are always on the lookout for things we can add to our collection of letterpress samples. Recently we discovered the website of Amos Kennedy | http://www.kennedyprints.com/. We arranged to buy six of his posters. On the left is Jill’s favorite and on the right is Ray’s favorite from the six.

It is worth a special note about the envelope the posters came in. A wonderful piece in its own and essentially it was free. The postman said they get a lot of these at the end of the year when people are trying to get rid of their extra stamps. He called it “wallpapering.” I suspect this is more than just dumping the odd stamps. Note the return address (very top) and our address (very bottom). The Post Office probably doesn’t think this is as fun as we did.

inventory / collection & inventory / important type Tuesday November 21 2006 11:12 am

36 point Aigrette

This was a nice full upper and lowercase font that we thought might be good for printing names on certificates. There is enough of it that you could set a number of names before needing to redistribute.

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Craig Cutler at Lead Graffiti

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Craig Cutler, noted New York photographer, is near completion of a year-long series of weekly personal projects entitled CC52. The 49th in the series are photographs taken at Lead Graffiti.

Click on Craig’s image of some of our 96 point foundry metal Caslon below and take a look.