Keepsake #1419BB: A Linotype Matrix-Slide-Being contemplates the night sky

Printed in honor of the 2014 American Typecasting Fellowship Conference, this keepsake was created using all Linotype cast ornamentation and types from the model 31 here at the shop. Letterpress printed in 4 runs. 

Here, our little pal recognizes the individual beauty of letters in the night sky. 

Edition of 333. 150 available for purchase. To purchase this keepsake, stop by the shop or visit our on-line store. Also available through BuyOlympia. Or, if you are a printer with similar non-microchip-created (hot metal letterpress) printed ephemera, I’d be happy to trade.

Each package contains a continental-sized (4” x 6”) print with blank area for note writing, a custom-made envelope which includes decorative linotype-composed printing, and an information tag that describes the production process and equipment used to produce the print.  

Keepsake #1411BB Fremont Bridge at Twilight

After a plate of Perogies purchased from Portland’s favorite Polish speakeasy, a stroll through the Overlook neighborhood near the bluffs yielded this view. A Żywiec or two may have been a part of the equation. It was a good evening. 

Fremont Bridge at Twilight image was printed using our tri-color process. Color plates manually separated and custom ink mix used. Printed over opaque white flood. Stumptown Printers keepsake prints are made in small batch editions using both Letterpress and traditional Offset Lithographic printing techniques.

Each package contains a continental-sized (4” x 6”) print with blank area for note writing, a custom-made envelope which includes decorative linotype-composed printing, and an information tag that describes the production process and equipment used to produce the print. 

To purchase this keepsake, stop by the shop or visit our on-line store. Also available through BuyOlympia.

Stumptown Printers Open House 4-7pm

We’ll be opening our doors to the public from 4-7pm today as part of Portland’s Design Week. Stop by and say hello!

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Please give us a call if you haven’t heard from us - We’re having email issues again.
As I type, I’m listening to Jason run a 63 year old printing press - he and  machine are humming along happily. 63 years old. But this 1 year old computer is giving us troubles. Okay, not this machine, but ones like it. Anyway, my point is, we’re having email problems again. If you have sent an email our way and haven’t received a reply, it’s not because we don’t like you, it’s because we didn’t receive it. We apologize for the hassle. We’re not ignoring you. Our best tech guy is on it. He hopes to have the issues resolved in the next day or so. Thank you.

Please give us a call if you haven’t heard from us - We’re having email issues again.

As I type, I’m listening to Jason run a 63 year old printing press - he and  machine are humming along happily. 63 years old. But this 1 year old computer is giving us troubles. Okay, not this machine, but ones like it. Anyway, my point is, we’re having email problems again. If you have sent an email our way and haven’t received a reply, it’s not because we don’t like you, it’s because we didn’t receive it. We apologize for the hassle. We’re not ignoring you. Our best tech guy is on it. He hopes to have the issues resolved in the next day or so. Thank you.

Beginning Letterpress Class at PNCA Starts Thursday!

For all you DIY sorts and print-curious out there, I’ll be teaching a Beginning Letterpress class through PNCA Continuing Education this term. We’ll be learning (or perfecting) typesetting and printing skills, focused on creating your very own business cards or other identity materials using the school’s Vandercook proof presses and well stocked print shop. I promise to provide as much technical info as you are interested in! The 8 week class is a great opportunity to learn at a reasonable price. The first session is this coming Thursday, October 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm, and there is still room for a couple more students. Read more about the class and sign up here

New Keepsake Prints  

We’ve been having a lot fun developing a new printed keepsake line, and just launched the first few prints of two series.

Each keepsake print is produced using a combination of Letterpress and traditional Offset Lithography, and printed in small batch editions. The Continental-sized (4” x 6”) prints feature a blank area for note writing, and come with a custom-made side-flap envelope which includes decorative linotype-composed printing, and a die-cut information tag that describes the production process and equipment used to produce the print.  

The first of the series of keepsake prints feature images of our favorite little city, Portland. Taken from the vantage point of sidewalks or bike lanes around town, these images are printed using a tri-color process which was inspired by the three-color postcard printing methods that reigned in the 1930s and earlier. A nod to the grandfather of modern process color printing, our tri-color process utilizes meaty 85 LPI screens (good for multiple pass, single-color registration), and manual color separation (as close as we can get to photomechanical color seps).  

The second series features some of our favorite printing equipment and tools. These images are printed as halftones with our favorite house spot colors, and letterpress printed with a description block on back.

Drop by the shop to check them out, or visit Buy Olympia to see more.

Keepsake info tags

These tags are included with our printed keepsakes and describe the print methods used to create each specific keepsake. A photo of a member of the Stumptown Printers production crew is featured on the tag, stylized in a manner inspired by photos of workers in the 1923 American Type Founders Catalog. Rebecca had the idea to use a “check box” list which would allow us to use a common form for a variety of printing techniques. I was excited to cast these boxes as I previously hadn’t had the opportunity to do so. I quickly discovered that all Linotype 6^330 check boxes were not created equal. Or at least did not all behave as they should. We ended up with rough alignment - the boxes shifted very slightly as you can see from above photo of an early proof. It was a minor fix, but a good lesson learned and a future project added to sort through those mats. 

As in the production of our custom keepsake envelopes, these tags were created in part using a form cast from linotype which was letterpress printed in a small edition. A clean impression was taken and used for a repro-proof which was then used for the production run. Offset Litho production run used a variety of our house spot colors. Final step was to die cut with perf. 

One of these info tags are included with each printed keepsake, available through buyolympia, or through our online store, or can be purchased here in person at the shop. 

Custom Keepsake Open End Envelopes 

Inspired in part by the utilitarian qualities of old parts envelopes we have filed away throughout the shop (for example, see Linoytpe parts envelope pictured above) we made a custom side flap envelope for our keepsake print series. 

Printed in a variety of house spot colors on mixed paper stock, the borders and types adorning the envelopes were cast on the Linotype and letterpress printed in a small edition. A clean print from this run was used to generate film which was then used to make a hand developed metal litho printing plate for the production run. Once this print run was completed, we die cut the envelopes on the 13 x 18 windmill. Folding and gluing was then completed by a local envelope converter.

One of these envelopes are included with each printed keepsake, available through buyolympia, or through our online store, or can be purchased here in person at the shop. 

Stumptown Printers is now offering “overruns and offcuts” blank packaging for local pick up in our store. This week we have some two panel CD jackets, flat & unglued. One style is a double thick cover stock, die cut with a hole in the front. The other is a bundle of standard 2 Panel CD Jackets cut from various colors standard cover stock. Many of these papers have been discontinued. Sold in packs of 10 for $5. Portland pick up only, no shipping or online orders. Once they are gone, they are GONE. Stop by Tues-Fri from 9am-6pm.