Bowne & Co.

Printers' Lingo: Coffin, Hell-Box, Work & Turn, and More

These cards with “Exotic and Unusual Printing Terms” were printed two or more decades ago at Bowne & Co., Stationers (which reopened last year) at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.  Bowne & Co. is New York’s oldest existing business, founded in 1775 by merchant and philanthropist, Robert Bowne. today it...

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...