Letterpress Coffee Table

Letterpress coffee table
Graeme’s conversation-piece coffee (or beer) table

Long-time Metal Type contributor Graeme How, from New Zealand, has found a great way of displaying his old letterpress memorabilia.

Says Graeme: “I have a typecase with type and also some printing blocks, Intertype border slides and mats which I rescued when The Wairoa Star changed to offset in 1977. I was having a cleanout recently and decided to build a coffee table using what I had saved. The glass table-top had to be removed so the reflections would not be photographed. Read the Full Article . . .

Wairoa Star Centenary September 2021

Wairoa Star first edition
The first edition of the Wairoa Star, September 1921

A regular contributor to Metal Type, Graeme How,  got in touch to tell me about his local newspaper, The Wairoa Star, celebrating its centenary.

We have five pages of articles about the Wairoa Star sent in by Graeme, check the “Related Pages” menu to see the others. Read the Full Article . . .

Model C Nebitype Restoration

Nebitype Model C
Rob Clarkson standing beside the Nebitype

The Press Gang team that work as volunteers in the print shop in The Settler Building at Taranaki Pioneer Museum in Stratford NZ had a great win over Queen’s Birthday week-end 2019 with the first composed line being cast on their recently-acquired Model C Nebitype line casting machine (Serial No. 78).

It was donated to us by The Printing Museum, Wellington, NZ in 2018. From the beginning of restoration of the machine Rob Clarkson has been at the forefront although there’s been a handful of other people that have helped along the way, notably John Nicholson, with grateful assistance from Doug Holland. Read the Full Article . . .

Pressed Letters Printing, Australia – Video

William Amer sent in this video of his letterpress print shop, that was selected for the Sydney Film Festival, 2015.

Says William: “My claim to fame is that since 2009, there is finally a printer in the heritage village of Rockley, mid west NSW. And it is a Yorkshire born tradesman that’s done it. My wife’s historical research tells us that I am the only one, ever! Read the Full Article . . .

Preservation in NZ

Terry Foster
Terry Foster operates a 1956 Intertype at the Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum.

Terry Foster, a long time contributor to Metal Type, describes the uphill struggle he faces trying to get public backing for preserving letterpress machinery in New Zealand.

While the recent increase in public interest in letterpress printing is welcome, it would seem to be centered around the “craft and artisan” areas, not so much larger, more industrial equipment. Read the Full Article . . .