Recently 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 ….