For the use of our members we hope to develop an online list of websites that would be of use to our interest in letterpress.
If you have suggestions please let Ray Nichols [ email ] know.
Antique Bookbinding equipment
Homeward Bound / film showing three barns of antique bookbinding equipment (10 minutes)
Basic printing history sites
APHA links to sites related to printing history and letterpress | website
Five Roses Press (links to everything letterpress) | website
Briar Press | website
British Letterpress | website
Printing & printer organizations
Society for History and Graphics | website
.918 Club of the Heritage Museum of Lancaster, PA | website
British Printing Society | website
The Fine Press Book Association | website
Amalgamated Printers of America (APA) | website
American Amateur Press Association (AAPA) | website
William Morris Society | website
Southeast Letterpress Society | website
San Francisco Center for the Book equipment exchange | website
Hicks Brothers Printing Equipment, San Francisco | website
Don Black, Toronto | website
Miscellaneous (mainly film) or just plain fun / most pulled from Lead Graffiti
Making Books | 1957 | 9:54 Lead Graffiti has an Intertype line caster like shown in the film.
Studio on Fire: Deeply Impressed | 12:53 Video on Studio on Fire.
Punchcutting type series by Stan Nelson - A very nice series of films that walks you through the 500-year old process of punchcutting and handcasting of metal type.
4 - Dressing type | 4:38 |
Mad for Books | 5:52 An excellent production about the excitement of letterpress.
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print | 8:01 Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN
Hamilton Type Museum | 6:34 Trailer for the film Type Face. Nice section on making wood type.
Boxcar training videos Base lockup and cleaning | Adjusting roller height | Setting gauge pins and registering your plate | Makeready
Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion | 7:56 From the discovery of the 1898 International Dictionary to linotyping the entries to printing the last print on the vandercook to cutting the fingertabs of the deluxe edition, this video gives a quick overview of the process of creating the Pictorial Webster's fine press edition.
Alan Kitching at the Typography Workshop - Alan Kitching was Jill Cypher and Ray Nichols first hands-on experience with letterpress on their 2002 VCUK studio abroad to London. Meeting him changed their lives.
Part 1 | Eye Magazine | 2:05 |
Part 2 | 2:32 |
Part 3 | 2:51
Cutting metal type | 3:02 Trailer for an film Richard Kegler, founder and lead designer at P22 type foundry, is working on about cutting metal type.
How Ink Is Made | 8:44 This is for offset ink, but then a lot of us also use offset inks in letterpress.
Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter | 49:17 While not specifically about letterpress this is seriously about lettering. Since it was produced in 1978, Final Marks has become a classic documentary about lettercutting, in both monumental inscriptions and on gravestones by the craftsmen of the John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island.
Learning Typesetting | 10:21 A film from 1959 showing how to do handsetting of type using metal type and a composing stick.
Printing | 10:41 How the business of printing worked in 1947.
Graham Moss of Incline Press | 25:30 Printing on a Britannia iron handpress.
Dodge Ram Trucks | :30 Television commercial using the imagery of letterpress printing
Thornwillow Press | 3:25 Nice film. No explanation but there is engraving, envelope making, and a lot more.
Yee Haw Industries and Jack Daniels | 2:54 A piece about Yee Haw and the 10 posters they did for Jack Daniels.
Tether | 4:02 A nice, little film about Tether in Seattle, WA and the niceness of the handmade. I also stumbled across this film this morning about papermaking. It is the first 12 minutes of the film.
Somebody | 12:00 A nice 1976 film about commercial handmade paper at Hayle Mill, England
Two films about the making of parchment
How parchment is made - Domesday - BBC Two | 4:04
Making Parchment (1939) | 1:58
The Book Guys archive | website
0741-10-11-07 - The first show with outstanding fine book printers and makers from around the world, as gathered at Oak Knoll Bookfest XIV in New Castle, Delaware.
0742-10-18-07 - The second show from Oak Knoll Bookfest XIV featuring Henry Morris, 50 years making fine books.
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