Departing from my personal collection for a week to share a blog that I recently stumbled upon – The Matchbook Registry. Curated by Daniel Blackman, the blog features matchbooks collected by Daniel, his grandfather, and his mother.
The Matchbook Registry is a blog run by Daniel Blackman, a graphic designer in Philadelphia. The idea of the blog is to showcase matchbook design and typography. The majority of the matchbooks on the site were collected by Daniel Blackman, his grandfather and his mother.
Solid work on Daniel’s personal site as well.
Remember this post? With all the craziness during the move I forgot to post the finished product. We crammed as much wood type as we could onto this thing and then finished it off with a stencil that Ben had in his archives. Huge 19×25″ print on chipboard. Available now on in the Etsy Shop.
We better get a screening of this in Boston. Typeface is a new documentary about the wood type wonderland that is the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Founded in 1880, Hamilton was a major manufacturer of wood type and other letterpress accessories. The former factory is now a museum where guests can actually handle and print the type in their massive collection. I had an amazing couple of days spent there when I visited in 2004, and it looks like things have only been getting better with more of the archives being organized and printing workshops being offered on a regular basis.
Here’s a picture of a print I made while I was there – after some serious digging I found this 8 line font caked in about a quarter inch of dust and grime. Cleaned it off and pulled a quick two-color run. (Too quick – I set the N upside down.) I was never able to identify it but that ampersand is definitely in my top-ten list for punctuation.
Diamond Match Div. – San Francisco, Calif.