Mrs. Rachel Lynde

After a lot of detailed futzing around – setting the type, justifying the type, proofing, correcting, proofing, aligning the bed of the press, adding a heading – here’s the latest print of the first sentence of Anne of Green Gables I created today:

Mrs. Rachel Lynde (on Crane 220 lb.)

It’s printed in 12 pt. Bodoni on Crane LETTRA Fluorescent White 220 lb. cover stock, part of a sample pack I ordered from Neenah Paper. I ever-so-slightly dampened the paper before printing – I spritzed some water from an old Windex sprayer into the air and wafted the paper through the mist. Here’s what it looks like up close:

Mrs. Rachel Lynde (on Crane 220 lb.)

I’ve very happy with the way this turned out: I learned an awful lot about letterpress in the process of creating it. And while there’s a lot of room for improvement – to start, I need to learn a lot more about justifying type – that this print came out of a press that just a few months ago was caked with decades of ink and grime, and that I had no idea of the workings of, seems like a minor miracle.


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Jason on August 15, 2010 - 18:24 Permalink

According to this video ( Coach House Press ), they used to do a page in half of a day. That’s rather impressive. Keep at it and you’ll get to that point.

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Lonestar Jack on August 22, 2010 - 14:20 Permalink

My first attempt looked like an eye chart. I was working for the Sparks Tribune in Nevada about 1949.
Thank goodness the linotype came along.

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deb on September 13, 2010 - 00:58 Permalink

You could probably sell framed prints of that…it looks fantastic :)

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Dave on September 13, 2010 - 12:58 Permalink

Looks great. Really. Nice work.

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Jason on September 13, 2010 - 14:02 Permalink


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Jonas Bengtsson on September 13, 2010 - 22:10 Permalink

Absolutely beautiful, Peter!