May 2009 Blog Posts (15)

c+ps for sale in chicagoland

the delightful richard bennett of elgin illinois wants to retire soon.

that being said, he is selling his father's original print shop.

his dad started the shop in 1915.

the presses have been cared for very well, richard is still printing on most of them.

• 10 x 12 chandler + price hand fed motorized press-call for serial no.

includes extra sets of roller cores & 1 chase

asking $600

• 10 x 12 chandler + price hand fed motorized… Continue

Added by a. favorite on May 30, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cool Blog Alert: FPO

FPO is For Print only, a blog by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit "dedicated to both the visual stimulus and the detailing of the development and production of printed matter: Annual reports, books, business cards, stationery suites, collateral materials, posters, packaging and anything else where ink meets substrate (… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 29, 2009 at 12:21pm — No Comments

The Recovery Act Wants YOU

If the economy is stressing both you and your business out, the Small Business Administration may want to give you free money. From the SBA's site:

"SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability."

Some loans are interest free--this program runs till 2010. Get more details… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 27, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Love Your Machinist

I finally took the new press for a trial run this afternoon--it's new, of course, only in that it's new to me, though it's been sitting in its spot for a year while I got all the parts together. Here is the as-yet-unnamed press (sorry in advance for the low-res photos!):

It runs great, as it turns out, and had only ever had one owner. The hardest parts to find were not new rollers or other letterpress-era bits, but the modern stuff I… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 27, 2009 at 4:05pm — No Comments

envelope printing

Running into a brick wall with envelope printing. I've seen some envelope prints that are more than just the flap or just the front, as seen in this photo.

Just back from the NY Stationery show, the printers on the supply side said to do converting there is a min of 5000, C'mon. I've seen this printing for invitations and pretty sure there weren't 5000.

Designers on the stationery side didn't want to reveal their 'source'… Continue

Added by KK Bloom on May 25, 2009 at 8:32pm — 10 Comments

Forbes Discovers Letterpress

Forbes magazine posted an article on letterpress on Wednesday--wonder why they're just now heralding its resurgence?

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 22, 2009 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Interesting Night Last Night

Our Windmill (aka workhorse) started making a terrible sound around 8:30 last night. Valerie's heart fell to her stomach as she thought about the jobs that would be delayed as a result. Thankfully, Jim took a look at the motor and found a screw between the pulleys that was very loose. Small fix and things were running again in about an hour.

We rely on the Windmill for most of our jobs because it is so reliable. This press has seen us through wedding invites, business cards,… Continue

Added by Ladies @ Spark on May 21, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Wacky weddings? Promo opportunity!

This came through the grapevine yesterday:

"Newsweek is looking for a few fun brides who are loosening up the reins of tradition…wearing gowns that are sexier, hosting epic, just-like-the-boys bachelorette parties and booking boudoir shoots as gifts for their hubbies. If you know of any, the editor would love to chat with you!"

If you're working with any clients who you suspect would be a good fit, send me an email or message and I'll forward along the editor's contact… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 21, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

National Stationery Show

Hi Ladies,
We will be blogging about our first experience attending the National Stationery Show on our new blog

What do you want to know about the show? What do you want to see? Who should we visit? We will do our best to capture our adventure for you.

Added by Janelle Paisley on May 15, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

my first letterpress class

In my area there are very few letterpress classes available, I missed out on the last one as I was out of the country. So, I am so very excited to be able to attend an upcoming class in June. I may be throwing tons of questions out there after attending, so bear with the newbie printer.

Added by KK Bloom on May 14, 2009 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

National Stationery Show is upon you

and Lady of Letterpress Kyle is writing about her shop's adventures over on her blog

Check it out, and wish her luck! Those of you attending the NSS, whether as a guest or exhibitor, are welcome to blog about your experiences here, or we'll be glad to post links to your external site.

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 12, 2009 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Fleuron Sale at P22

Time to clean out the stock art file and make room for some fresh fleurons! P22 is having an excellent sale on Lanston fleurons, to commemorate the birth of typographer Bruce Rogers. Get yours from the P22 website… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 11, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Ah, weddings

I'm sorry for the lag in new stuff to read from me--we are still wading through Wedding River, sometimes upstream! Speaking of which, did you hear about this?

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Martha Stewart has partnered with Crane's for a new line of social stationery products, starting with wedding stationery.

Megan Kuntze, Crane's brand director, said last week's layoffs and wage cuts were done to keep the company… Continue

Added by Kseniya Thomas on May 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

6th Annual Printing Arts Fair

Wanted to let everyone know about the 6th Annual Printing Arts Fair on June 21 at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA. For the first time the Museum will present Steamroller Printing as well as the usual linotype, stone lithography, papermaking and bookbinding demonstrations. Plans are to print a huge community alphabet poster and and individual large linocut prints. For sale will be artwork, stationery, prints, books, decorative papers, crafts, posters, type and letterpress printing… Continue

Added by Leslie Evans on May 5, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Hire A Printer
Old Maid card exchange- Still open!

Hi there Ladies,
The Old Maid card portfolio exchange is still open. There are 10 participants so far. It will be a complete deck with 25 characters. Check it out at
I know everybody is busy with the National Stationery show coming up etc, but it will be a great thing to come back to after the show's over.

think about it........

Added by Kathryn Hunter on May 1, 2009 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

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