John G. Cooley Wood Type

By PressMan_1 | September 28, 2017 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!

By PressMan_1 | September 27, 2017 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

By PressMan_1 | August 7, 2017

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

By PressMan_1 | July 29, 2017 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

By PressMan_1 | July 24, 2017

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

By PressMan_1 | July 19, 2017 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…

What is this font? (SOLVED)

By PressMan_1 | October 2, 2016

I was out in the shop (garage) organizing. Pulled the bottom drawer of our type cabinet and took a close look at the type. It’s a mystery. I had not paid much attention to what was in the drawer because I thought it was a common form of a Blackletter type like old English. Started…

Cheltenham Wood Type

By PressMan_1 | September 24, 2015

Let’s just say I may have been overly excited when I found this type at an antique store. I don’t no about you, but I have a formula for how much I like to pay for wood type. Needless to say, I paid up for this lot.

Large Copper Faced Printer's Block

By PressMan_1 | May 27, 2015

Printer’s blocks are a curious item. I see a few here and there at antique stores. Not as coveted of a find as wood type is to this press guy. Matter of fact I don’t always find printer’s blocks interesting. There are certain subjects that will catch my eye.

30-Line Gothic Poster

By PressMan_1 | May 17, 2015

It wasn’t a light package the delivery man left at the front door. You would expect a big box of letterpress 5″ wood type to be on the heftier side. And it was. About a year ago I had already filled on drawer of the Hamilton Case with 18-Line All Caps Gothic Poster. Any day you can fill a drawer with wood type is a good day. Today is a better than average day because 3o-line Poster Gothic filled two drawers.