This is one of our favorite letterpress jobs, designed by Ben Whitla at Korn Design. It’s one of the coolest uses of a tinted blind deboss that we’ve ever seen (the darker tint we ran on our Heidelberg cylinder press — lots of coverage that beat down the paper, which allowed the white of the paper to form the words and the outline of a jungle). On a side note, we have to mention that the designer Ben was Boxcar’s first ever employee, and he kindly ran Boxcar Press for a few weeks back in 2002, after working with us for about 5 weeks, so Harold & Debbie could run off and get married and have a honeymoon).
Thanks to everyone who entered our Crazy Press Moving Contest. We were blown away by the bravery, courage, and creativity that letterpress printers muster up when forced to move really, really heavy equipment. We’ll be announcing the winner, and honorable mentions, with the next issue of Flurry (sometime in October). Until then, enjoy the suspense! Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories.
We had to say goodbye to a whole lot of polymer when our recycling guys came for pick-up. We sent away two 40 x 48 x 48 containers: one for steel-backed plates, and one for plastic-backed. That’s a whole lot of polymer! Our recyclers also picked up a large container of film negatives to recycle. We would have been sad to say farewell if these plates and negatives weren’t going on to a good and resourceful second life. Want to recycle your plates too? Read about our photopolymer recycling program.
There’s a nice write-up in the Birmingham News about Boxcar customer Kempis Press. Go letterpress!
You may laugh about how much snow we get in the winter (well, so do we), but our other three seasons in Syracuse more than make up for our hours of shoveling. The New York Times today profiled how well we eat while wandering Finger Lakes roads during the summer months. Yum!
Fresh from our print shop: we printed up and assembled this great custom pocket for an invitation that launches the NASCAR sprint cup.
Job title: Prepress Manager
Describe what you do at Boxcar Press in 10 words: Technical support and output layouts for internal and external plating
My super power is: My hair
Two more days to submit your Craziest Press Moving story ever. If you don’t have a story of your own…don’t despair. You have 48 hours to hunt down a letterpress, bring a camera, take a few deep breaths, and go wild. (Submit your story, or read the adventures of other press movers, here).
Congratulations to Carol Schwartzott of Lilliput Press — our first participant in the Boxcar Press Photopolymer Plate Recycling Program (BPPPPRP). We’re sending Carol an official Boxcar Press printing apron to say thanks. Remember, you can be like Carol and recycle your photopolymer plates too!