At work on the Chandler & Price 10" x 15" platen press.
The Vandercook SP-20, stone with furniture racks, Chandler & Price 10 x 15
Paragon Paper Cutter
No print shop can exist without an accurate paper cutter. I purchased this one in Somerville, MA in the early 1980's. It is probably about 100 years old, still cuts accurately and is a thing of beauty.
Detail of type cabinet
Detail of Vandercook SP-20
I purchased this press from Greg Timko in the early 1980s. His shop was located on Long Island. I made the drive down to check it out, about 4 hours. I asked what he wanted for it. He said for $1000 he would deliver the press to my shop in Charlestown, MA and set it up in my shop. I couldn't argue with that.
Books on Letterpress
I'm always looking for books on letterpress, design, letterpress history. Books beget books.
When Bill Clinton was running for president one of his sayings was, "It's the economy, stupid." Around this time I had a wedding invitation job which I had to redo because the bride to be felt the color was slightly off. Shortly afterwards I printed this sign and taped it to the side of one of my type cabinets as a reminder to take care with colors when printing. It remains posted in my shop.
An ebay purchase before the prices for letterpress items went insane.
One day, when my shop was in Charlestown, MA back in the 1980s, a pickup truck from New Hampshire pulled up in front of my shop. The back was full of letterpress odds and ends including this cabinet with the drawers on a slant. I had never seen anything like it. Inside each draw were adjustable wood slats to fit any size type. The slant of the drawer allows gravity to keep the type upright. I use it to hold various ornaments. A true one of a kind treasure.