View Full Version : Letter press needed - maybe

11-30-2008, 05:11 PM
Anyone have an old letter press that'd they'd like to get rid of?

I'll be darned if I'll pay as much as people want to print shopping bags! Looking for a letter press to print bags with and maybe do a little other fine printing with too - depending on what i can find.


11-30-2008, 05:17 PM

11-30-2008, 08:32 PM
How about a large stamp, Bob?

11-30-2008, 10:45 PM
The Craigslist press is offset, not letterpress. (I had the same model offset press when I was in high school, a Multilith 1250. Fond memories.)

12-01-2008, 09:06 AM
How about a large stamp, Bob?

Around 5X8 - to be used for printing our shop logo on shopping bags.

12-01-2008, 09:51 PM
How about Calvin Cotton printing them for you?

12-02-2008, 11:18 AM
How about Calvin Cotton printing them for you?

I don't want to pay him

12-02-2008, 11:27 AM
~Have a large rubber stamp made~

12-02-2008, 02:52 PM
try a linoleum block?

12-02-2008, 09:07 PM
Bob - I can help you design a stamp and get it made - it is your least expensive option. Let me know - Jackie 2445074

12-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Steve - I don't believe in rubber stamps - they're just evil!

Grunch - I've been thinking about carving a linoleum block. wonder if there's such a thing as a linoleum block press.

goodwolve - left you a message.

thanks you guys!

12-04-2008, 10:09 AM
Back in the late '60s I used what was called a "proof press" that would probably work for linoleum blocks and low volume bag printing. It was a flat press that you set the locked up type chase into, hand inked, set the paper on top of the inked type and pulled a heavy cylinder across the back side of the paper. It was used, as the name suggests, to proof read the set type for errors and broken type before putting the chase in the production press. It was also used to make high-quality impressions that would be converted to photographic negatives and then to plates for offset presses. At least that's how I remember it.
I don't know where you would get one of these presses nowadays...

Good luck.