Willard A. Lockwood
The Creekside Press
The Creekside Press was established in 1954 and is located in Easton, Maryland.
My press is a 20th Century Reliance, manufactured by Schniedewend & Co., Chicago, circa 1905. It is also known generically as an “iron hand press” or “Washington hand press.” In 1954 I was living in Norman, Oklahoma, and had the opportunity to buy the press, which I did. At that time, my colleague at the University of Oklahoma Press was the late Will Ransom. My plan was to rent a shack that was near a stream. I never did, but it was the inspiration for Ransom to suggest the name for my press: The Creekside Press, in homage to other “waterside” pressesThe Lakeside Press in Chicago and the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I bought a couple of fonts of Bulmer, and I was in business. I subsequently moved to Connecticut, and then to Marylandthe press moving along with me of course. And now I have a creek running at the edge of my back yard, so the name is legitimate!
Lucky Dog, softcover booklet by Willard A. Lockwood of The Creekside Press, handset in Oxford, printed on Murnau paper with cover printed by The Printing House at the Sign of the Four Ducks and text printed in three colors on an iron hand press, with linoleum cuts by Bill Jackson, hand bound, 5.5” x 7.75”, 2000.
The New Colossus, broadside by Willard A. Lockwood of The Creekside Press, printed on Venezia handmade paper with Hostmann Steinberg’s black ink plus one other ink, on an iron hand press, 9” x 11.25”, 2007.
The Creekside Press, type specimen broadside by Willard A. Lockwood of The Creekside Press, handset in twenty-one fonts and sizes, printed on Murnau paper with Hostmann Steinberg’s black ink plus two other colors, on an iron hand press, 9.5” x 12.75”, 2001.
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