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.