Rare 2,000-year-old documents found in London mud

LONDON — They came, they saw, they got down to business. Archaeologists announced Wednesday they have discovered hundreds of writing tablets from Roman London – including the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain – in a trove that provides insight into the city’s earliest history as a busy commercial town. London dig yields 2,000-year-old Read more about Rare 2,000-year-old documents found in London mud[…]

The Balvenie-Rare Craft Collection

Recently I had the opportunity to attend The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection event. If you’re not familiar with The Balvenie, it is a hand crafted scotch distillery in Dufftown on Speyside, Scotland. So how does this translate to print? The event is traveling across the United States and recently held a session in Chicago. The Balvenie wanted Read more about The Balvenie-Rare Craft Collection[…]

Inside a 130-year-old Michigan Book Printing House

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 130-year-old Grand Rapids book publisher has a new owner. Blackford Capital, a Grand Rapids-based private equity firm has bought Dickinson Press, a full service book printing services provider. Founded in 1884, Dickinson has a niche religious printing segment. Geography might be a factor in the company’s longevity, with more than Read more about Inside a 130-year-old Michigan Book Printing House[…]

Throwback Thursday: The Machine that Made Us

Now THIS is a true throwback thursday post.  Stephen Fry and the BBC published “The Machine that Made Us” as an hour-long dive into Johannes Gutenberg‘s life and how profound his impact was on the world around him.  The invention of the printing press is known as one of the most important and influential events of Read more about Throwback Thursday: The Machine that Made Us[…]

The Cub Rotary Printing Press

In my hunt for Print collectibles I have never stumbled across a better example for children of the printing process. This “Toy” gives a child a first hand attempt at setting type through the letterpress printing process.  I found my first Cub Rotary Printing Press at an antique store, but it was VERY incomplete.  Just an impression Read more about The Cub Rotary Printing Press[…]

100 year old printing press gifted….GIFTED!

Talk about a gift after my own heart.  Six Art pupils were gifted a 100 year old printing press as part of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) initiative.  The 100 year old Printing Press came out of a closet in Cullodens Academy’s art department.  Badly needing refinishing,  Tim Honnor of Piccolo Press Read more about 100 year old printing press gifted….GIFTED![…]

A Couple New Additions to the Print Antique Collection

If you follow this blog – you probably have seen a snippet or two of my print antique collection.  I started collecting antiques and relics of our industry shortly after graduating college and over the last 8 years or so the collection has grown quite a bit.   It started with a box of antique wood Read more about A Couple New Additions to the Print Antique Collection[…]

Pantone before Pantone was Pantone

Back in 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down and produced a book about mixing watercolors.  His plan was to show all possible color variations achievable in watercolor painting.  By adding water and dyes, Boogert was able to create what many would consider the precursor to the Pantone Color Guide. At just Read more about Pantone before Pantone was Pantone[…]