This is part of a glue machine called a finger since it picks the glued piece away from the rollers. After a good while of the finger being used as many sheets are duplexed one after the other, droplets of paste tend to form and create a gnarly look.
In the midst of Smock paper goods hangs this lovely paper sign. It lives above the door and has been hanging there for countless years in the old converted factory we call home.
A handful of delicious Smock bar mitzvah cards makes the eye wobble with delight.
Tim the printer discovered a friend looking back at him as he cleaned his press.
This relic was found in our Vandercook Universal 1. The International Typographic Composition Association was founded in 1920, renamed Typographers International Association in 1980 and in 1996 merged into the Graphic Arts Professional Association.
Found this fella gazing out from the left side of a Heidelberg windmill 10 x 15. This creature seems to be part machine, part giraffe, part rhinoceros, a serious but friendly cuddler.
This is where inky washup trays get cleaned as we change colors. Somehow the mess is fascinating with all the different colors making an explosive rainbow.
This mesmerizing stack is what was left over after diecutting square coasters. What a splendid pattern leading into a dark infinite middle!
Today we’ve got a special treat to share — and if this story doesn’t make you saw “aw!”, we’re not sure what will. We recently had the pleasure of letterpress printing these amazing dinosaur cards for Malcolm by way of his amazing Aunt Whitney, who shared the story behind his cards with us.
Malcolm is 5 1/2 years old. He is a prolific dinosaur artist filling many sketch books with dino drawings, in addition to a few trucks, helicopters and airplanes. We wanted to share some of Malc’s drawings, so we decided to have some letterpress cards made at Boxcar Press. We used a collage of his favorite drawings to make the postcard. Because he’s left handed, Malcolm signed his work with his backwards signature. Malcolm LOVES his first letterpress printed piece. The first card goes to Grandma Dorothy!
The photos above show Malcolm with his artist’s easel, his bedroom wall (which is naturally filled with dinosaur drawings) and his newly printed dino cards. Big thanks to Malcolm’s Aunt Whitney for letting us share this fun story!