How To Typeset a Poster

Bowne & Co., Stationers at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York frequently produces beautiful letterpress keepsakes. This one from 1989, “Nineteenth Century Job Printing Display – The Poster” is a delightful little guide to the dos and don’ts. Using their enviable stock of metal types, 200 copies were printed on a Vandercook Universal I. the text was adapted from “The Letter-Preess Printer: A Complete Guide to the Art of Printing; Containing Practical Instructions for Learners at Case, Press and Machine” (London, 1881).

Last year I wrote about the possible closing of Bowne & Co. here, The shop is still functioning (at 211 Water St., NYC) and still printing: Announcement cards ($165 for 50), four-piece invitations ($1,085 for 100), and reception cards ($270 for 100),all printed on Crane & Co. paper. The “Friends of Bowne” are on Facebook. Read more about Bowne in the New York Times.

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  1. As a huge fan of old school printing and having worked in letterpress on many different types of projects, I was ecstatic to get this article in a Daily Heller. I refer to it regularly and it always makes me smile. Thanks so much!
    Marlow Palleja

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  6. How wonderful – I am going to visit them next week and order note cards for my husband. It’s a great gift for his birthday. I hope more people appreciate this incredible resource and order their ‘bespoke’ stationary. You will stand out from the rest and what better way to be remembered or thank someone through smail mail. I love reading your daily – always interesting things to see and know about. Thanks!