Resources for Letterpress Printers
Letterpress printing may no longer be a growth industry, but there are numerous people world-wide who pursue it as either a hobby or a business. This page lists some of the places where individuals interested in letterpress printing can find information, services, and products.
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AAPA Letterpress How-To
AAPA members are a great source for learning about letterpress printing. Those who practice the black art are happy to share their experiences. Here are some articles written by AAPA printers. If you become a member, you can join the fun!
- Color It!
- Want to spice up your printing with some color? Master printer Sheldon Wesson describes it all.
- On Microbibliogenesis
- J. Hill Hamon provides step-by-step instructions on how to print your own miniature books on a table-top press.
- Selecting Body Type
- Sheldon Wesson offers detailed advice on purchasing type.
- Split Fountain Madness
- John Carvalho shows how to print multiple colors in a single pass on your press.
- Letterpress Discussion List
- To join this e-mail list, send a message to Listserv@listserv.unb.ca with the content of the message the single line
subscribe letpress first_name last_name
or visit the Join or Leave the LETPRESS List Web page
Once you have established a mailing list account and logged-in to it from your browser, you can visit the Archives Page, where you can read or search the archives, available back to January 1995.
Green Dolphin Press has prepared a Letterpress FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.
Interested in how to make a good impression on a mailing list? Check out Mailing List Manners 101.
- Yahoo! Discussion Groups
- There are a number of Yahoo! discussion groups related to letterpress printing. To get a current list, go to the Yahoo! Groups Sign In page and search for "letterpress". A couple of the most popular are
- PPLetterpress: A forum and clearinghouse primarialy focused on printing with digital type and the photopolymer plate process.
- sfletterpress: A network of hobby and commercial letterpress printers who are located on or around the United States West Coast (although there are participants from other areas).
If you have a Yahoo! user name, join a group by pressing the "Join This Group!" button on its introduction page. Otherwise, you can join by sending an e-mail request to the list owner.
- Social Media
- Check out letterpress (or #letterpress) on
- Web logs
- There are many letterpress-related blogs active on the Internet, including:
- Adventures in Letterpress: Erin McCall is Principal of Sunlit Media, a freelance graphic, web, and identity design firm and letterpress studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- The Bieler Press: Proprietor Gerald Lange shares information related to Digital Letterpress.
- Blogxcar: Boxcar Press's blog for letterpress and photopolymer news.
- Typefoundry: Documents for the History of Type and Letterpress.
- Vanderblog: Vandercook press information.
- The Briar Press
- This site is devoted to promoting the art of letterpress, and to preserving some of the familiar and not so familiar graphics and images of letterpresses and the printed image.
- Letterpress Commons
- Letterpress Commons is built by the community, for the community and fosters the exchange of accessible, authoritative, and inspirational letterpress information for letterpress printers by providing a free venue for online articles and multimedia.
- The Atlas of Early Printing
- The University of Iowa's interactive map of Europe that shows the spread of printing from Mainz, as well as early paper mills, trade routes, and universities.
- The Alembic Press
- I just love these typecase layout diagrams!
- Information about everything related to woodblocks.
- Behind the Typeface: Cooper Black
- A bit of fun best viewed through a high-speed link.
- Book Information Website
- Many links of interest to letterpress printers
- Boxcar Press
- Boxcar Press provides loads of free information on their site, including The Boxcar Institute Training Series: instructional videos covering topics like makeready, adjusting roller height, and base lock-up and cleaning.
- British Letterpress
- "We have hands-on guides to most aspects of letterpress printing; information about printing presses and letterpress type; in-depth articles about some of the more obscure areas of printing; and the hub of the letterpress community in the UK, covering tuition, printers and museums."
- “Celebrating Linotype, 125 Years Since Its Debut”
- From The Atlantic: “Around for a century, Linotype machines were made obsolete in the 1970s by changing technologies--but they have not been forgotten.”
- Chandler and Price Letterpress Literature
- Justin Miller of Bound Staff Press has scanned a number of documents related to C&P presses.
- Chris Chen's Photographs
- Chris Chen has taken a lot of digital photos related to letterpress printing. Among my favorites: Foundry Pressroom; String Lessons (how to tie up a form with string); and Moving Presses.
- Cincinnati Book Arts Society
- A nonprofit organization comprised of a group of professionals and amateurs from all quarters of the book, paper, and printing arts for the purpose of creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts and those who love books.
- “Death of a Pressman”
- A remembrance of Tom Trumble, letterpress pressman, and a meditation on preservation and nostalgia.
- Downloadable Files
- Dave Seat provides over a dozen letterpress-related documents in PDF, Microsoft Word, and Excel formats. Lots of information about Linotype, Intertype, and Ludlow machines.
- Em-Space Book Arts Center
- A collective letterpress and book art studio located in Portland, Oregon. "We offer space and equipment to our members, and foster collaborative art endeavors."
- First Impressions
- First Impressions reveals how printing spread through Europe, exploring the transition from manuscript to print and explaining the technical aspects of Gutenberg's revolution. From John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester.
- “Farewell etaoin shrdlu”
- A film documenting the last day of hot metal typesetting at The New York Times. This film shows the entire newspaper production process from hot-metal typesetting to creating stereo moulds to high-speed press operation.
- Galley Gab
- During 2007, Mike O'Connor produced 12 issues of of this full-color PDF magazine packed with letterpress news and information. Hosted by Metal Type.
- Google Book Search
- Google is scanning all the books they can get their hands on and indexing the results. You can search their database, and read the books that are in the public domain. Here are a few titles related to letterpress printing...
- Gutenberg Digital
- The Gutenberg Bible is on the Web.
- Gutenberg Homepage
- Descriptions of the time of Gutenberg, the Gutenberg Bible, and Gutenberg's Invention.
- How to Make a Pressman's Hat
- A diagram on how to turn a newspaper into a printer's hat, provided byDennis Havlena.
- Huzzah for Curves
- Starshaped Press reveals the tricks and techniques of setting type on curves, including pictures of Daredevil Furniture from Springtide Press.
- The Jobbing Platen: History and Development
- A history of the development of the platen jobber printing press put together by Bill Elligett.
- Ladies of Letterpress
- “Dedicated to the proposition that a woman's place is in the print shop.”
- “Late Edition”
- From the June 1997 Atlantic Monthly: John Fleischman tribute to the Miehle press used to print the Yellow Springs, Ohio, News.
- Letterpress Howto
- Brian Donnell, a journeyman pressman, put together this letterpress primer.
- Letterpress Printers of the World
- “Short autobiographies of today's letterpress printers”; created by Lance Williams.
- Letterpress Printing in the 1960s
- “A compilation of information 'deciphered' from my old note bookswhilst an apprentice letterpress machinist at The Melbourne School ofPrinting & Graphic Arts” -- Bill Elligett.
- Liberty Platen Press
- Everything you'd want to know about this early platen press,manufactured from 1860 until the early 1900s.
- Linotype & Linotipisti
- This Italian site is dedicated to discussing the Linotype.
- Linotype Maintenance and Operation
- This site is devoted to the preservation and dissemination ofknowledge about the maintenance and operation of Linotype machines.
- Metal Type
- Dave Hughes ran Linotypes for the Yorkshire Evening Press between 1976 and 1980 and the South London Press between 1980 and 1990. He's put this Web site together for printers and typesetters who remember the old days of "hot metal" to come and reminisce.
- Monotype Information
- All sorts of information about Monotype typecasters; put together by David Bolton.
- The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation
- A Cleveland, Ohio non-profit art center dedicated to the production and preservation of hand papermaking and the art of the book.
- Paper Weight Conversion Chart
- Comprehensive tables comparing the variety of weights of papers. Provided by Micro Format, Inc.
- Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection
- A detailed overview of the wood type Kelly collected while researching vernacular printing in America. The site also provides a broad contextual overview of the American wood type manufacturing industry of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Type & Press Articles
- Articles taken from 100 issues of Type & Press, published by Fred Williams until shortly before his death in 2001.
- TypeArt Library
- Although created by a digital foundry (Digiteyes Multimedia),this site contains a lot of information that letterpress printers willfind interesting, includingTypologia by Frederick W. Goudy.
- Typefounding, Lettering, & Printing
- The links on this page lead you to a significant amount of letterpress-related information.
- Typographia by Thomas F. Adams
- A full scan of an 1854 instruction book about printing and typography.
- Vandercook Proof Presses
- All kinds of information about Vandercook Proof Presses: model descriptions, manuals, articles, etc. Information originally put together by Mark Wilden. Site now managed by Paul Moxon.
- Web Museum of Calendars and Wood Types
- Established to educate people on the beauties of calendars and woodtype.
- Wood Engravers' Network
- Information on the history and characteristics of the historic printing medium of wood engraving.
Type Foundries Read a comparison of American type foundries in two articles from The Tribby Tribune: “ Typecasting in 1999” and “ Typecasting Update”
- Australian Type Company
- 91 Moreland Street, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
- Bell Type and Rule Company
- 1128 East Eleventh Street, Los Angeles, California 90021
Phone: 213-485-1609; Fax: 213-485-1600
Family owned and operated. Founded by Charles and Evelyn Bell in 1932. In 1977 Harley (son of Charles and Evelyn) moved the company to its current location. Four years later, Harley Bell and David Helbock teamed up to continue the tradition of casting foundry type, monotype composition, spacing materials, rules and borders, and Ludlow typesetting for the letterpress arts. Currently casting over 71 fonts, but virtually everything cast in the past available.
- Michael & Winifred Bixler
- Box 820, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-685-5181; Fax 315-685-1220
Fourteen faces (Baskerville, Bell, Bembo, Centaur/Arrighi, Dante, Ehrhardt, Fournier, Garamond, Gill Sans, Joanna, Perpetua, Univers, Van Dijck, Walbaum) with italic and some variants, in 8 to 72 point.
- Effra Press & Typefoundry
- Casts and sells type from 5pt to 72pt. Based in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
- Gerstenberg Druckerei (formerly Stempel)
- "Our hot metal fonts of Stempel and Haas are cast by Rainer Gerstenberg. The type foundry is located in the former 'Haus für Industriekultur' in Darmstadt (Germany)."
- Golgonooza Letter Foundry
- P. O. Box 111, Ashuelot, NH 03441; E-mail (Dan Carr): email@example.com; Phone: 603-239-6830.
- The Hell-Box Letter Foundry
- Part of Letterpress Works.
1 Nelson Terrace, Faversham, Kent ME13 8LB United Kingdom
Phone: 01795 590928.
- M & H Type (also known as Mackenzie & Harris)
- 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-561-2546; Fax: 415-561-2545
Hundreds of fonts and borders plus composition and photopolymer. Catalogue available for $40 plus sales tax for California residents and a shipping charge of $2.50.
- Moore Wood Type
- Pantograph Cut End Grain Maple Type. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NA Graphics (Fritz Klinke)
- P. O. Box 467, 1314 Greene St., Silverton, CO 81433
Phone: 970-387-0212; Fax: 970-387-0127
Offering newly-cast revivals of selected ATF faces.
- Offizin Haag-Drugulin
- In business for over 180 years.
Offizin Haag-Drugulin, Graphische Betrieb GmbH, Grossenhainer Straße 11a, 01097 Dresden, Germany. E-mail: Eckehart@SchumacherGebler.com
Phone: 03 51/8 08 52-23.
- Offizin Parnassia - Vättis (Hans-Ulrich Frey and Stephan Burkhardt)
- In late 2004, they purchased Harold Berliner's typecasting equipment. Location: Unterdorf 2 / Postfach, 7315 Vattis, Switzerland; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: (0041) (0)81 306 14 70.
- The Printing Museum: The Foundry
- The Printing Museum in Wellington, New Zeland, has a foundry that features Monotype casters and matrices.e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;Secretary-Treasurer: Dan Tait-Jamieson, Phone +64 (0)274 444-599.
- Quaker City Type Foundry (Bill Riess)
- 2019 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Dozens of fonts available plus many handy boxes of ornaments. Catalog available for $2.
- Patrick Reagh Printers Store
- "Our metal type fonts and Patmag bases are listed here and sold through eBay." 96 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472
- Skyline Type Foundry (Sky Shipley)
- Opened in 2004, Skyline has grown to offer a wide range of type and decorative borders. E-mail: email@example.com; Address: PO Box 12816, Prescott, AZ 86304
- Stichting Lettergieten
- Jacobus van Waertstraat 53, 1551 CH Westzaan, The Netherlands
Phone: 00/31/75/628.57.53 (Monday and Thursday morning).
- Swamp Press (Ed Rayher)
- 15 Warwick Road, Northfield, MA 01360
Hundreds of faces, thousands of ornaments, 4 to 72 point; fonts, sorts, and composition casting; photopolymer; e-mail, call or write for price list or quote. 131 page type specimen book is available online, or a printed copy can be ordered for $10 (refunded with an order of $100 or more).
- Virgin Wood Type Mfg. Co.
- 171 Valley Road, Rochester, NY 14618
"Hand made wood type for letterpress printers." Five faces available (as of early 2011).
Engravers Visit the Foil Stamping & Embossing Association to find all kinds of related information.
- A & G Engraving, Inc.
- 3846 South Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058-1713; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 323-583-9085; Fax: 323-583-5487
- Augustine Company
- Magnesium engravings mounted type high on wood base. 1210 Industrial Blvd., Marshalltown, IA 50158; E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 641-753-3875; Fax: 641-753-0635.
- Bauer Engraving Co., Inc.
- 11290 Sunrise Gold Cir., Suite G, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 916-631-9800; Fax: 916-631-9811.
- Brown & Hartman Engraving Co.
- 552 S. Quincy Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 918-582-1165 or 800-572-1398; Fax: 918-582-1166.
- Cal Art & Engraving Inc.
- Magnesium photoengravings, including 16 gauge woodmount (.918 inches) for letterpress. 340 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 650-591-4443; Fax: 650-637-0543
- Central Michigan Engravers, Inc.
- Magnesium line cuts and halftone cuts mounted on cherry wood. Larger ones mounted on plywood unless specified. P. O. Box 15600, Lansing, MI 48901 (or 412 W. Gier St., Lansing, MI 48906); Phone: 517-485-5865
- DeCrevel Stamping and Embossing Dies
- Brass, Copper, or Magnesium dies. 1836 Soscol Ave., Napa, CA 94559; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 707-258-8065; Fax: 707-258-0324
- Hodgins Engraving
- Magnesium and Copper etching. 3817 West Main St (P. O. Box 728), Batavia, NY 14020; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 800-666-8950; Fax: 585-343-0412
- Kayenay Graphics
- Location: 840-T 12th St., N.W., P. O. Box 240, Mason City, IA 50401; Phone: 641-424-2535 or 800-779-2535
- KPE Graphics
- Specializing in mail order gold blocking dies, foil printing dies and letterpress blocks, artwork, and general reprographics. Unit 1, A6 Business Centre, Telford Way, Kettering, Northants, NN16 8UN England; E-mail: email@example.com
- Metal Magic
- Copper engravings. 4840 S. 33rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85040; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 602-304-0404 or 800-851-4120; Fax: 602-304-9202
- Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc. Photoengravers
- "America's largest manufacturer of quality brass, copper & magnesium dies." 151 N. Delaney Road, Owosso, MI 48867; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 800-444-5552; Fax: 989-723-5399
- Pella Engraving Company
- 808 East First Street, P. O. Box 127, Pella, Iowa 50219; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 515-628-2791; Fax: 515-628-8451
- Peterson Engraving, Inc.
- 1242 S. Boyle Ave., Los Angeles CA 90023; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 323-264-1888; Fax: 323-264-9078.
- Phillips Engraving Co.
- Magnesium engravings. 2103 E. McDaniel St., Springfield, MO 65802; Phone: 417-869-4811 or toll-free 888-369-6906; Fax: 417-869-5504.
- Same day Magnesium engravings. 16g and 11pt mounted on cherry for letterpress as well as 1/4 inch for hotstamping. 230 Bethlehem Pike Colmar, PA 18915; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 215-997-1990; Fax: 215-822-8875.
- Valley Etching, Engraving, and Design, Inc.
- 120-B Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, MA 01040; Phone: 413-536-2256; Toll free: 1-888-323-3283; Fax: 413-538-5881.
- Winston-Salem Engraving Co.
- 446 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101; Phone: 336-725-4268 or 336-724-1711
Printing Press Rollers When buying rubber or synthetic rollers, consult with the manufacturer about what type are best for letterpress printing. You will usually want rollers that are somewhat softer (14-15 durometers) than those used for fast running offset presses.
Visit Zycon, "the search engine for manufacturers," to view their listing of roller manufacturers.
- A-Korn Roller, Inc.
- 3545 South Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60609; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 773-254-5700 or 800-999-2346; Fax: 773-650-7355. (Also: 8495 Roslyn St., Commerce City, CO 80022)
- Advanced Roller Co.
- 212 Lewis Court, Corona, CA 91720; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 909-272-3010; Fax: 909-272-4113
- Columbia Rubber Mills
- Location: 14800 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas, OR 97015; Phone: 503-557-9919 x 110 or 800-547-5557 x 110; Fax: 503-557-9923.
- Finzer Roller
- Located in Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, Florida, and Maryland.
Note: In December 2004 Finzer acquired Bingham Rollers of Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Palmyra, NY; San Leandro, CA; Searcy, AR; and Mississauga, Ontario.
- Ramco Roller Products
- Location: 241 West Allen Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773; E-mail: Jayne@RamcoRoller.com; Phone: 909-592-1002.
- Rubber Roller and Rubber Roll Manufacturers
- This Web site provides information on the subject of rubber roller and rubber roll manufacturers and other related topics.
- Tarheel Roller & Brayer Co.
- Will cast composition rollers for small letterpress: C&P, Kluge, Craftsman, Pearl, Golding, Gordon, Pearl, Official, Prouty, Miller, Miehle and others up to 2-1/8 inch in diameter.
6118 Winview Heights, Clemmons, NC 27012; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 336-766-9823
- "We custom make a full line of letterpress rollers for many manufacturers of vintage letterpress."
Printing Equipment, Services, & Supplies
- A & D Graphics, Inc.
- Hot Metal Typesetting services for printers, foilstampers, etc., on Linotype and Ludlow machines. Established 1965; John Pylarinos, President. 150-30 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432; E-mail: Adptg65@aol.com; Phone 718-523-9373; Fax: 718-523-9415.
- American Printing Equipment & Supply Co.
- Letterpress, printing, and bookbinding supplies & equipment. 153 Meacham St., Elmont, NY 10013; Phone: 516-437-9105; Fax: 516-437-9107.
- Antique Machinery Removal
- Antique Machinery Removal was established for the transportation of vintage printing machinery. Located in the United Kingdom.
- Art Boards Printmaking Supplies
- Art Boards Printmaking blocks are made letter press type high (.918" thick). Blocks are made in End Grain hard maple for engraving, and in Plank Grain soft maple for wood cuts. 612 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 718-237-2592 or 800-546-7985; Fax: 718-237-0142.
- Bay Island Press
- Photopolymer Plates, Magnetic Bases, and other services. 1222 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 510-523-7292; Fax: 510-523-3031
- Bay Press Services
- Providing Graphic Art Supplies and Electronic Pre-Press equipment since 1981. 2375 Lincoln Ave., Hayward, California, 94545. Phone: 510-783-3701; Fax: 510-783-3705
- "The Diecutter's Source" includes equipment such as makeready supplies and tools and quoins.
- Beyond Letterpress
- Letterpress restoration, repair, moving, and installation. 2, Spring Cottages, The Vatch, Slad, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 7JY United Kingdom; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rod Shaw); Phone: 01453 766716
- Boxcar Press
- Supplier of photopolymer plates and supplies. 501 W. Fayette St. Studio 222, Syracuse, NY 13204; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 315-473-0930; Fax: 315-473-0930
- Brother Trade Est.
- Dealer for printing materials such as ink, wash-up, and Heidelberg spare parts. P. O. Box 3549, Zarka 13111 JORDAN; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hesham S. Sawwan); Phone: 962 5 3612338; Fax: 962 5 3860938
- Caslon Limited
- Manufacturers and exporters of printing machinery and graphic arts equipment, including Adana printing presses; Caslon House, Lyon Way, Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Herts AL4 0LB, United Kingdom; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: +44 (0)1727 852211; Fax: +44 (0)1727 855772
- Challenge Machinery
- Manufacturer of paper cutters, paper drills, and other paper handling machines. Location: 6125 Norton Center Dr., Norton Shores, MI 49441; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 231-799-8484; Fax: 231-798-1275
- Compound Manufacturing
- Parts and tools for a wide variety of guillotine paper cutters. 43 Warner Street, Greenfield, MA 01301; Phone: 413-773-8909
- Craftsmen Machinery Company
- Craftsmen still has some parts available for their table-top presses. Contact Sherwin Marks, P.O. Box 38, Mills MA 03054; Phone 508-376-2003.
- Crown Flexo Graphics
- Produces photopolymer plates for the flexographic printing industry. 2624 Verne Roberts Cir, Ste 111, Antioch, CA 94509; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 925-206-4030; Fax: 925-215-8458.
- Damosel's Printers Blocks
- A variety of old printing blocks. Site includes online museum as well as store. PO Box 496, Campbelltown, PA. 17010-0496
- Daniel Smith, Inc.
- Fine artists' materials, including ink and paper. P. O. Box 84268, Seattle, WA 98124-5568; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 800-426-6740 or 800-426-6740; Fax: 800-426-6740 or 206-224-0404
- Dave Seat - Hot Metal Services
- Supplier of Hot metal typesetting equipment & supplies. Linotype, Intertype, & Ludlow machines & parts. E-mail: HotMetalServices@comcast.net
- Demers, Inc. and Demers Parts
- Independent source for replacement Heidelberg parts and for aftermarket Heidelberg presses. 23350 Janice Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33980; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 800-956-3612 or 941-625-7278; Fax: 941-625-2100.
- Don Black Linecasting
- Dealer in: Linotype, Intertype, and Ludlow matrices; Bindery equipment; Handset type; and Presses & parts. 120 Midwest Road, Unit # 5, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1P 3B2; E-mail: Don@donblack.ca; Phone: 416-751-5944; Fax: 416-751-5413
- Eco Printing Supply
- Sells flatbed plunger and rotary numbering machines (6, 7, or 8 wheel; standard or skip; forward or reverse); also sucker feet for printing and paper handling machines. 1740 Haultain St., Victoria, BC V8R 2L2 CANADA; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Evanston Print & Paper Shop
- A community art center for bookbinders, letterpress printers, artists and designers. Located in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
- Graphic Chemical & Ink Co.
- All kinds of graphic products, including letterpress inks. 728 North Yale Avenue, Villa Park, IL 60181; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 800-465-7382; Fax: 630-832-6064
- GT Graphic Service & supply
- Supplier for Intertype, Linotype, Ludlow, Vandercook, letterpress supplies. Fonts for Ludlow, Linotype, Monotype. Machinery mover and rigging. Greg Timko, 50C Rocky Point Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 800-237-8009 or 631-821-1905; Fax: 631-821-1908
- Harry F Rochat Ltd
- Suppliers and manufacturers of various presses, including Albion Presses. Location: 15a Moxon St., High Barnet, Herts EN5 5TS, United Kingdom; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 020 8449 0023; Fax: 020 8449 6132.
- Hicks Brothers Printing Equipment, LLC
- An equipment dealer in San Jose, California, selling a fair amount of letterpress equipment. 1002 South Second St., San Jose, CA 95112; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 415-575-0933.
- Iowa Type Cases
- Small (9" by 4") plastic injection mold cases that fit in 9" x 13" galleys. Larry J. Raid, PO Box 170 (222 S. 2nd St.), Denmark, IA 52624; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: (home) 319-528-6151 (office) 319-528-4334
- JanTech Marking Equipment Co.
- 13080 Three Oaks Dr., White City, OR 97503
Phone: 541-830-0260 (In USA, 800-488-6588); Fax: 541-830-0261
Manufacturer of portable, electric, semiautomatic letterpress marking machines for identification marking and coding of manufactured component parts. Use letterpress type to imprint on flat or curved surfaces.
- Java Letterpress Machinery
- Used letterpress equipment; will do rigging, transport, and repair of machines. 215 Bryan St., Athens, GA 30601; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 706-354-0988; Toll Free: 800-298-0988; Fax: 706-354-8877
- Jim Reck
- In the hot metal business for over thirty years as a repairman for Linotype, Intertype, and Ludlow machines. Willing to offer advice on setup, inks, and other letterpress topics. 14409 Valeda Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 562-944-9184
- Letterpress Things
- A warehouse collection of printing equipment. Owner: John S. Barrett. 55 North Chicopee Street, Chicopee, MA 01020; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 413-222-9029; Fax: 413-732-2146
- McClain's Printmaking Supplies
- "Dedicated to the Art and Artists of Relief Printmaking." 15685 SW 116th Avenue PMB 202, King City, OR 97224-2695; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 503-641-3555 or 800-832.4264; Fax: 1-503-641-3591.
- Mergenthaler Hot Metal Systems
- (Sold to Thomas Fitzgerald in early 2000.) 4450 Commerce Circle, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30336; Phone: 800-321-2630 or 404-691-7670; Fax: 404-691-6086
- NA Graphics (Fritz Klinke)
- All sorts of printing supplies: books, spacing material, border & rule, ink, press parts, leads & slugs, quoins, rollers, etc. Contact Fritz Klinke, P. O. Box 467, 1314 Greene St., Silverton, CO 81433; E-mail: nagraph@FRONTIER.NET; Phone: 970-387-0212; Fax: 970-387-0127
- Polymetaal Graphic Arts Equipment
- A manufacturer of printmaking equipment, including presses. Located in the Netherlands.
- Pressworks MAXimum Machinery
- Parts, Service, & Equipment for the Graphic Arts Industry, including remanufactured Heidelberg Equipment. 12070 South Profit Row, Forney, TX 75126; Phone: 972-564-4229.
- Primary Press Repair
- Services presses used for printing and die-cutting anywhere in North America (U.S. and Canada). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 516-790-1768; Fax: 516-795-1675
- Ralph C. Crawford Company
- Printers' machinists and letterpress repair. 1769 East 23rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90058; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 213-749-4497 or toll free 877-749-4479; Fax: 213-747-9409
- T and T Press Restoration
- "Putting the abandoned table top printing press back into operation." Located in Hugo, Minnesota. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 651-730-0986
- Woodside Press
- A traditional letterpress printing company located in New York City's historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, Woodside Press provides services for hot-metal typography with their English and American Monotype; Linotype; and Ludlow typecasting. Address: Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 3 - Suite 1008, Brooklyn, New York 11205; E-mail: Info@WoodsidePress.com; Phone: 718-222-4560; Fax: 718-222-4562
- Valley Litho Supply
- “Quality printing, screen printing & photography supplies at a discount.” Of particular interest: Van Son inks. Address: 1047 Haugen Avenue, Rice Lake, WI 54868; E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 800-826-6781; Fax: 800-962-5924
- The Briar Press -- Letterpress Classifieds
- Includes both “Wanted” and “For Sale” categories.
- Select a geographic area, select the “sale/wanted” area, search on the word “letterpress”, and see what pops up.
- There's usually lots of letterpress equipment included in the “Printing & Graphic Arts” category of this large online auction service.
- PrintTrade Horsetrader
- Click on the "Letterpress" category.
- Metal Type Classified Ads
- Categories for sale and wanted include Publications, Equipment, and General.
Publications Publishers of periodicals and books related to letterpress printing.
- The Bonefolder
- An e-journal for the book binder and book artist.
- The Legacy Press
- A small publishing firm specializing in books about the printing, paper, and book arts.
- Letterpress Printing, a manual for modern fine press printers
- Paul Maravelas's sourcebook for beginning and intermediate letterpress printers. Published by Oak Knoll Books in 2005.
- Oak Knoll Books & Oak Knoll Press
- Publishers of books about books, the history of books, and book arts.
- Serif: The Magazine of Type & Typography
- An independent quarterly on type and typography published by Quixote Digital Typography. One year subscription: $28, Canada/Mexico $32, outside North America $36. Payment in US funds or major credit card. Address: Dept. W-1, 2038 N. Clark St, Ste 377, Chicago, IL 60614; Phone: 312-953-3679, or for 24 hour ordering in the US 800-810-3311; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 312-803-0698
Movies and Videos Movies and videos related to letterpress printing.
- The Boxcar Institute Training Series
- Videos explaining topics like makeready, adjusting roller height, and base lock-up and cleaning.
- Firefly Press Interview
- YouTube video narrated/produced by Chuck Kraemer.
- How Ink is Made
- A nine minute video from Printing Ink Company of Vaughn, Ontario, Canada, showing how they manufacture printing ink. Peter Welfare, head inkmaker, describes the process.
- Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion
- Production of Pictorial Webster's, a book that contains thousands of engravings from nineteenth century Merriam-Webster Dictionaries. The letterpress project took a decade to complete.
- Prelinger Archives
- The Prelinger Archives contains thousands of short advertising, educational, educational, and amateur films. You can search for letterpress-related topics among the films.
- Printing with Letterpress
- "Phil Abel and his colleagues at traditional letterpress printshop Hand and Eye still use techniques that inventor Johannes Gutenberg would recognise." Part of the Guardian series Disappearing acts.
- Movies available for download include The Creation of Printing Type, Typomania, Letterpress Printing, and The Linotype.
- "The best videos from the fields of typography, calligraphy and lettering"