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Jul 10
printers blocks

Printing, Tools of the trade, Vintage
blocks_with_headsRecently we attended a local antique fair. You may know I have an extreme weakness for any type of printing goodies! I was caught by surprise when I came across this basket of wood type! I know lots of folks use these old print blocks to spell out meaningful text and dates, perhaps names, initials or words, birthdays, anniversaries, and wedding dates all which look totally unique displayed on a mantelpiece, table or shelf. If you know me or have visited CabinPress Studio, you have seen first hand our treasured collection of “type” as it is comprised of different fonts, sizes and date of manufacture, some circa late 1800’s through to 1940’s. All were used in the printing industry, so each block has a varying degree of ink and patina, and of course all of our blocks are back to front which adds to their appeal. Since we are a little letterpress shop we still use these for printing, one-by-one-by-one. These blocks are so special nowadays as most were discarded and burnt when new printing techniques came into place. Some have been found and saved, which makes them unique and collectable, so once they are gone, they are gone! If you have some wood type please don’t glue a doll head & make little metal “wings” on the “letter A”, or any other letter! It breaks my heart. Imagine the stories these vintage print blocks have told in the past ….

Feb 14
Vintage {Love}

Tools of the trade, Vintage





Had to put in the fire plug for Dad!
I do love typewriters… I really do + of course I love type, did you notice today’s post is in Courier, in memory of the typewriter.
It does not happen often, actually, it never happens anymore, I always loved receiving mail typed on a lovely typewriter.  I love how the typos make it look like someone really typed it… not just a machine auto-correcting your spelling as you go.  I love how once you think something and type those keys it is on the page for all to see. I remember all the government forms I had to do over my career that had errors on them, yes me with errors! You can’t edit once you have written – you can only go back and xxxxxx over the words you do not want, leaving obvious scars on your work. Then there was “white out” “yellow out” and even “pink out” for all the carbon sheets. Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I do love typewriters still.
How about you? If you still use one please send us a letter, we love
seeing XXXXX’s and you could even add some OOOOO’s. Tail wags + Happy Valentine’s Day to all.