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Printle: A Printing Word Game from Metal Type


Portrait of Roger Excoffon. Excoffon (1910–1983) worked in Paris as a graphic designer, typographer, and type designer. This unusual portrait of Excoffon was executed in halftone dots and produced by Cabinet des Médailles, Paris. 


Advertising stamp for the International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition 1963
Forerunner of IPEX


Advertising stamp for the 7th International Printing Exhibition 1925


Postcard from the 1906 exhibition
International Printing, Stationery & Allied Trades Exhibition, Agricultural Hall 1906


Municipal tokens were born in Flanders in 1980.
They were valid for a limited time and only exchangeable at local dealers.
Most coins went straight into the collection of numismatists or private individuals who thought it was a nice must-have.

AALST 1981

Engraver: KIECKENS

GELDIG 15 12 81 - 15 01 82

This token was valid from 15/12/1981 to 15/01/1982


Advertising token from Hamann + Hammann Printing Equipment    year unknown


Third Centenary of Printing Celebrated in Regensburg, Germany 1740

The obverse shows the coat of arms of the city of Regensburg, the eye of God in a triangle, a press and typecase, and putti printers.
The reverse bears a legend, reading (trans.): Dedicated to the memory of the third century of printing in Regensburg to the honor of God and the Emperor Charles.

Inside the clover leaf are the initials of three prominent printers of the city: Lang, Lenz, and Seiffert.


125th Anniversary of the U.S. Government Printing Office 1986. The obverse side shows the main GPO building and the various technologies used to carry out its missions, while the other side shows the U.S. Capitol and GPO seal. 


In the autumn of 1914 in Barcelona, Catalonia due to the First World War there's not much work for Catalan printing works.

In a time without unemployment pay that meant misery for their workers and their families. So, some artists decided to draw some cinderellas, print them at a very good printer (Oliva de Vilanova, Barcelona) and collect some money to help.

Hence the text "Socors, per a la vaga forçosa" (help for the unvoluntary strike).

The cinderellas have a face value of 5 cents.

The one of interest is the print machine on the second line of stamps


Netherlands, Haarlem, Bicentenary of the Printing Press, silver jeton, undated (c. 1640)

Ship breaking harbour chain.

Reverse - Muse of Haarlem at printing press


The Book of Trades was first published in Frankfurt in 1568 as the result of cooperation between the poet and cobbler Hans Sachs, the artist Jost Amman and one of their most influential contemporary German publishers, Sigmund Feyerabend. The book contains 114 texts, each illustrated with a woodcut, that describe the spiritual and secular hierarchy of the time as well as numerous trades and professions.

The Bookbinder

Notice the tools and equipment: going clockwise from top:

rolls- for tooling leather                       spools of thread                 tying-up boards           cabinet makers axe for shaping boards
rasps         finished book with clasps               plough-trimming text block             bow-saw              plane-shaping boards
draw knife                  text block hammer-reduce swell                    lying presses                               unsewn quires
sewing frame                             gimlet-for lacing holes in cover boards

Ich bind allerley Bücher ein/
Geistlich und Weltlich/groß und klein/
In Perment oder Bretter nur
Und beschlags mit guter Clausur
Und Spangen/und Stempff sie zur zier/
Ich sie auch im anfang planier/
Etlich vergüld ich auff dem Schnitt/
Da verdien ich viel geldes mit.

I bind all sorts of books /
Religious and worldly / large and small /
In parchment or plain boards
And fit it with a good covering/
And clasps / and tool it with decorations /
I even flatten them at the beginning /
And many I gild on the edges /
With which I earn much money.


The book of English Trades and Library of the useful arts : with eighty-six wood-cuts.

First published in 1804, this illustration of a Book-Binder dates from the 1827 publication.

Six pages are devoted to the Book-Binder and four to the Bookseller


Token from 1794

Obv: Arms and supporters of Bath, W. GYE PRINTER & STATIONER BATH around, 1794 below.
Rev: Female seated instructing boy with key to unlock the prison doors, REMEMBER THE DEBTORS IN ILCHESTER GOAL.

Manufactured by Lutwyche for William Gye, a bookseller and printer in Bath. He was a well-known philanthropist and upon his death, 4,000 people attended his funeral. Debtors were commonly imprisoned in the 18th century for owing small debts which they had no means of repaying, and would often languish in prison for life. Gye would use this token to raise funds for donating to the prisoners.


100th anniversary medal, 1886-1986, of the invention of the Linotype machine.
Portrait of Ottmar Mergenthaler. Material: Silver, 30 mm.


Linotype Model 9    American Badge Co. Chicago 1986.
A promotional piece for the Mergenthaler Linotype Co. The reverse side reads: "Linotype, the machine that lasts."

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