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It is an interesting time we are living in. The COVID stay at home order can make photography a challenge. Well, for me it does. I’m wanting, longing, to get out and take pictures. Find some location other the my home where I can use my new camera. But today I end up in my…


A New Camera For Me!

A new camera arrived today. This is the third DSLR I’ve purchased in the DSLR era. My first was a Nikon D80. I held off till 2006, waiting until the market had an affordable 10 mega pixel contender. This camera served me well until 2013 when I jumped up to the D7100 and it’s 24…

Index of ATF Alphabet Cards

Ad Lib 1aa Alternate Gothic No.2  36a, 36b Baskerville Roman  1a, 1b Baskerville Italic  1a  Bernhard Modern Roman 1,2    Bernhard Modern Italic 3,4   Bernhard Modern Bold 5, 6   Bernhard Modern Bold Italic 7   Bodoni 9, 10   Bodoni Italic 11 Bodoni Bold 12, 13 Bodoni Bold Italic 14, 15 Brody 15a,…

Plastic Showcard Type

28-line Showcard, Plastic Mounted on Wood

John G. Cooley Wood Type I told my Sister in-law that I’m now going to expect to find letterpress type every time I come to visit. Last visit I picked a few sorts at an antique store near her house. Prior to this visit she struck gold and found the “Bonanza”. Part of the lot was a small…

A Letterpress Bonanza! Bonanza? Well, maybe more like a Ponderosa. We recently added some curious items to our little garage studio. My Sister-in-law found some printer’s blocks and wood type at an antique shop near Carson City, NV. She picked up the entire box. Printer’s blocks, wood type and sorts. This bundle came with a bit of…

Sigwalt No.10

The Ben Franklin Print Shop Sigwalt No. 10 Every once in a while I find a letterpress item in an antique shop. Usually it’s a piece of wood type here and there. When we’re really lucky we have found a whole bunch of type. We’ve even found a couple of Hamilton type cases.  We were…

Veneer? Wood Type When I was taking a close look at some recently purchased type I thought two blocks looked odd. When I started cleaning the type part of the lowercase “r” separated from the block. Looks like it may be veneer. I don’t know much about veneer wood type. Pretty sure I can perform a little…

Another Antique Store Find

Whenever I walk into an antique store I always hope to find something letterpress. It doesn’t happen very often. There’s a nice store in Gardnerville, NV that we go to when visiting family. I really didn’t feel lucky at the slot machines so I told everyone I’d rather go across the street to the antique…

Wood Type Star Border A recent visit to the Hamilton Wood Type web site led to the purchase of some Star Borders. Every once in a while I see vintage pieces of borders pop up on an online action. Vintage is nice, but to pick up several freshly minted pieces at a fair price is even nicer. I’m…