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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!

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.

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.


2009 is about to wrap up and it’s been a hell of a year personally and professionally. Repeat Press moved into a new studio space, and in the last month allowed me to make the leap to printing full time. (Check back soon for a special “full time” project that should be done soon.)

When I moved into the new space this summer, I set aside a single piece of 20×26″ #110 cotton paper (pretty much maxing out the Vandercook sp20) to serve as an archive of everything that I printed. While I didn’t remember to pull a print on every single color of every single job, I did get a good amount of ink laid down and will be doing the same for 2010. Looking over the details in the print is a nice reminder of the new and old friends that I was able to work with over the past year. These folks are doing all kinds of interesting stuff in a wide range of fields so check them out and show them some love. Much thanks to Proletariat, Corduroy Boutique, AS220, Selectism, Highsnob, Darryl Norsen, Christians and Lions, Ho-Ag, Middlesex, and everyone else who supported Repeat Press this year. 2010 is gonna be a banger – stay tuned.

Middlesex Five Year Anniversary

It’s taken a moment to get around to posting this but last month I had the pleasure of designing and printing a suite of products for the five year party at Middlesex. I was originally approached about producing a poster, but the project grew to include a mini-poster/handbill and drink coasters.

The text on the poster was printed using vintage wood type and a custom polymer plate for the Middlesex logo, while the background image was created by printing directly from a 12″ vinyl record that was mounted on a piece of wood to type height. With some makeready finessing, the resulting print retained the grooves from the record.

Rough grain wood provided the background for the lower area of the poster.

In preparation for the mini-poster and coasters, each part of the poster was printed separately at full size in black, then scanned and reduced to create the polymer plates used in printing the smaller items. Notice the halftone pattern (small dots) in the recreation of the record image – while letterpress generally lends itself to solid lines and areas, halftone patterns can be used to provide detail not possible from vector or line art.

The coasters were cut with squared corners and bound into packs of ten with a custom paper band featuring the Middlesex logo. The packs were given out as souvenirs at the end of the night.