Matchbook Mondays

Ann Arbor Bank

wood type wednesdays

Jon Gaffney from Gear Patrol came by the studio a couple weeks ago to put together a small feature for their site. We figured it might be a little more interesting if we actually pulled some prints, so I put together this poster using a quote from the show Mad Men.

The posters were printed on the Vandercook SP-20 in a small edition of just 16 prints. They are not for sale but Gear Patrol will be doing a giveaway on their site so check back soon or follow @repeatpress on twitter for updates.

Here’s Jon trying his hand on the Vandercook – be sure to check out the full writeup on Gear Patrol for more process pictures.

Thanks again to Jon and Gear Patrol for stopping by!

Matchbook Mondays

Sonoma Inn, Winnemucca Nevada

wood type wednesdays

The wood type collection over here at Repeat Press HQ consists of type from a number of manufacturers. It was customary for the manufacturer to stamp the capital A with with their name. Today I thought I’d share some of the various marks and the letters that they are found on.

The Hamilton company is well represented in the collection, with their simple HAMILTON TWO RIVERS WIS.



Most of the type from Hamilton features the stamp shown above, but I did come across a larger version seen below.


By 1900, Hamilton had acquired the majority of the other wood type manufacturers in the US, meaning the type below is well over 100 years old! Although faded, the “Middletown, N.Y.” can be seen here and indicates this type came from the Morgans & Wilcox Mfg. Co.


A different stamp from Morgans & Wilcox, reading M. & W. MFG CO MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. with a star in the middle, likely from a different time period. (edit 2/4/10 – it has been pointed out by several readers that this mark appears to just be a better stamp of the one shown above. credit to David Shields and Dave Greer for their good eyes!)


Another producer of wood type was William Page, who used this stamp with the arched letters reading PAGE & CO GREENEVILLE CT from 1857-1859.


This letter features the arched page stamp along with stamping on the side of the letter that appears to read “NAME” and “LO”. Would love to hear from anyone with insight into these markings. Also note the brass piece that was nailed and flattened into the face of the letter, presumably for a repair.



Another stamp from Page, reading “Wm H PAGE GREENEVILLE CT”, which I believe was used after the examples above.


And the last example, which I cannot identify, but definitely has something there. XHTE?


If anyone has any information regarding dates, manufacturers, or anything else related to the pictures shown here please leave a comment or get in touch via email!

i’m in love with massachusetts

Today was a black ink on chipboard day. I made this graphic a while ago but never did anything with it so I whipped up a run of postcards today while I had the press inked up and ready to go. Packs of three cards are now available in the etsy (stop&)shop here.

wood type wednesdays

AS220‘s Foo Fest is an annual outdoor concert outside the venue in Providence, RI. The fest had a whole slew of bands last year and AS220 asked different artists to create and print posters for the individual bands playing the fest. I was lucky enough to get paired with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and I created this design using four layers of fluorescent inks printed with wood type.

Most of the stuff that gets printed around here is on flat paper or cardstock – I do some bags or envelopes here and there, cd/record packaging, you know the deal. So, when the fine folks at AS220 said they were sending up a hundred blank pizza boxes to throw into the print run for the Foo Fest poster I was doing, I was pretty stoked. The boxes were used at the Nice Slice pizza shop as promotion for the show, and the posters were sold at the show along with the posters featuring the other artists involved.

The poster is available for purchase in my etsy shop here.

you got a card?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about business cards recently, and to answer what’s usually the first question – yes! I do print business cards. Got some really nice stuff in line to get printed in the next few weeks too, so stay tuned for pictures when the jobs are completed. This card here comes courtesy of yours truly, printed up last spring just before the move to the new space. I’ve pretty much run through them at this point but for some reason they never made it to the web so here they are. 2 color on 100lb rag paper – registration was “fun” on this one.

The red and black lumberjack was the primary colorway for these cards but with spring in the air and Vampire Weekend blasting at the time of printing I had to mix it up a bit and throw down a few color variations, as seen below.

wood type wednesdays

Another oldie – printed on my first press, a hand-inked Showcard press, back in 2003. As you can see the details of the event had not been completely solidified at the time of printing.

Wood Type Wednesdays

New year, new re-occurring weekly post. Hopefully I’ll have something new to post most of the time but if not I’ll dig something out of the archives like this!

This was my first poster done with wood type back in 2003, when I was an intern at Horton Tank Graphics in Hadley, MA. 3 colors on kraft paper for the Punk Rock Flea Market at Mass Art.

Come back next week!

Studio visit!

Meighan from My Love For You stopped by the studio yesterday and has a bunch of pictures up on her blog. If you haven’t visited her site in the past it’s definitely worth checking out, one of my favorite sites for current art/design and finding out about new people doing good stuff. Hoping to work with her on some stuff in the future so stay tuned and check out all the pictures from the visit here.