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Our first print

Our first ever print on our letterpress was made after we reassembled the press a couple weeks after the big move.

When we bought the press it came with a bunch of blocks of type that were just sitting in the galleys, tied with string. These blocks of type were arranged for wedding invitations, business cards and coupons, among many other things (like hotel check in times), and just sat in the galleys.  The type is usually sorted and returned to the typecases after printing but this stuff never was, and hasn’t been put away in over 30 years.

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Blocks of text arranged in a galley

We decided to take one of these blocks and lock it up in the chase to print a test print.  We ended up choosing at random (it became too hard to choose from all the good ones) this $1 coupon for the Knights of Columbus with a nice border.

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Our first print, a Knights of Columbus coupon

It’s a bit spotty and definitely not the greatest print for our first ever on the press, but we were just happy to see that the press was working smoothly after we reassembled it.

Hopefully we’ll get the chance to print more of those 30-year old blocks of text, even if the coupons have all expired.

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