Finally. . .
our surgery is scheduled for May 15th!
We’ve been a bit vague about what “our” pending surgery is all about. Family and friends have urged me to finally detail what’s going on. Simply stated, we’re undergoing an open heart procedure for a number of “restrictions” and an aneurysm. Previously planned for March 27th, it was postponed the evening before. An infection was detected, traced to a tooth; as a result 8 teeth ended up being removed. And, an unfortunate aftermath of the extractions was a perforated sinus. All is well at the moment; we’ve healed to where the cardiac team is comfortable going ahead with the procedure on the 15th. We’ve begun the count down and preparation for the second time. I am truly ready!!
This med procedure will have an impact on sales and operations of Letterpress Things for a few months. Word is no driving for 5/6 weeks. No walking up the 4 flights of stairs, opening/closing the elevator doors, and lifting no more than 10 pounds until at least 9/10 weeks out. Follows anticipated times/details through the recovery period:
Open Date — Saturday, May 11th - Last scheduled Open Date until the middle the of August. By early August we hope to have a schedule posted for new Saturday Open Dates for later in August and beyond.
Web Site/Internet orders for supplies, etc. — we anticipate starting to fill orders again by the first of August. July the store is insufferably hot so little labor will be done until first of August. But the upside of so much down time will be organizing and updating the web site’s pages.
Saturday, May 11th — the past few weeks have seen a lot of processing of type, plates, cabinets, presses and machines, supplies and kits/packages. There’s a lot of “first seen” items out on the floor; have just needed to get stuff out from the back room, the 3rd floor and the dark corners. On the OPEN DATES PAGE various items available the 11th will be listed. Time won’t permit us to post many photos. But there are photos of items in the list that have code numbers; happy to upload them if interested. Do bear in mind, Saturday, May 11th is the last Open Date for several months. All sales will need to be taken that day.
Our thanks and appreciation for your continued support. JB
After a several year absence while moving to a new location, the Museum of Printing is once again producing their ever popular "Printing Fair." The fair will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location; 15 Thorton Ave., Haverhill, MA. A variety of vendors will be on hand with lots of letterpress related products. Letterpress Things will be present with supplies, type, books and more. In addition to the vendors, the museum doors will be open free to one and all as part of the Smithsonian Magazine's 13th Annual "Museum Day Live" - a yearly initiative to generate interest and visits to local museums across the nation. The Museum of Printing's fair will certainly show visitors the community side of letterpress printing. Be sure to stop by and visit our booth!
Starting to gather type, supplies and "things" for the Lancaster Letterpress Fair on Saturday, September 16th.
This year's fair will be a real "street" fair, being held on the North Queen Street block from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As in years past, Letterpress Things will be set up under the canopies with overflowing tables of equipment. From fonts of wood type to boxed metal fonts, icons, even some brand new sets of type from Swamp Press. Lots of plates, books, and one-of-a-kind "things," and of course supplies including stones, planers, quoins and keys, gauges, tympan, pressboard, quads, thins, cleaner, brushes and more! (If there's something special you're looking for, contact us soon.)
We might even bring one of the small presses shown on the website.
This year's fair is happening during the middle of three days of Letterpress events. Follow the link for details.
Be sure to stop by to say "Hello" we always like to see old friends and meet new ones!
Summer is slipping by and Fall is right around the corner! September will be a busy month for sure with three Open Dates and several Fairs to prepare for. New type fonts were recently posted, and we're presently working on more offerings including icons. Processing continues on more "Things" and several additional presses will be available during the month. Activity is high, both in the store and on the road. "New" inventory from several small shops have just been brought in and is being sorted-out presently. We've got a retrieval scheduled which will bring in four cabinets of decent type among other items. Check back later in the month for it's availability.
Our August 5th "reopening" was a great day! Almost 20 letterpressers came by throughout the day; more than half first-timers. The rest comprised of good friends needing a letterpress "fix" after six weeks of being closed.
Presently, our efforts are focused on our next set of Open Dates: Saturday, August 19th AND Sunday, August 20th. The emphasis for those two days will be on presses and machines. In process at the moment are several 5 x 8 and a 6 x 10 Kelsey, a sigwalt, two tabletop Craftsman (one a 6 1/2 x 10, the other an 8 x 12). You'll also find a floor model paper cutter and a round cornering machine. Photos and details of each unit will be posted soon on the Machines page.
Check 'em out and be sure to stop by if something interests you as we will not be holding items beforehand.
Hoorah! First few days of August and the heat of July is behind us. Day time temperatures creep up for sure, but at night temperatures cool things down. It's possible now to comfortably work mornings in the store and that's what we've started doing. This Saturday, August 5th is our first Open Date after shut down. We've got a few projects underway, and we're doing a bit of reorganization as well.
But come 9 a.m. Saturday, the we open our doors once again! So come by, be nice to see you.
P.S. Although we technically took a vacation during the month of July, we spent a good deal of our time off attending several letterpress events. Sarah represented Letterpress Things at the Buffalo Bookfest in early July. Later in the month, JB traveled out to the APA Wayzgoose held at the International Printing Museum in Carson CA. Both great events, met many friends and letterpressers.
More on those trips in upcoming blogs. Stay tuned!
It's the end of Spring, the start of Summer, and our "It's too hot up here!" shutdown is close at hand.
Imagine: New England in July, high heat and humidity, an old brick mill building, on the top floor with about five open windows and a bunch of giant fans. Physical activity, even just standing still, equals buckets of sweat!
Two Open Dates remain pre-summer shutdown, Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th. The crew is working hard to wrap up a number of projects in order to have as much new inventory out on the floor for these Open Dates.
Come by on the 24th and 25th and you'll find:
+ A Variety of "new" fonts in the type cabs. +
+ Some wood type fonts and some "Alpha" (similar to the Franken-Fonts from last October.) +
+ A number of pounds of icons, borders, etc. +
+ A big bunch of new plates. +
+ A few table-top presses. +
+ A growing selection of "one-of-a-kind" things. +
So this is it for the Winter and Spring seasons. Soon we'll slip away to get some rest, do some traveling and generally "wind down" after what's been a busy Spring. Looking forward to having you stop in!
It's June, summer and vacation time is approaching. We're busy wrapping up the final processing of several shop purchases from last fall and earlier this year. The goal is to finish before the heat and humidity of July sets in. This Saturday, we continue offering a variety of tools and things, first at the store and then subsequently on the website.
And there will be several 5 x 8 Kelseys available if you're looking for a press. In preperation for our summer vacation, we'll be open for two days the fourth weekend of June with an expanded amount of items. Details to come soon!
So what's new around Letterpress Things these days?
Well, at our commercial shop in West Springfield, a well-equipped workshop for cleaning and fixing tools, machines, presses, etc. is finally up and operational.
This improves our ability to more quickly process and prepare items acquired in recent months for sale on the floor.
In fact, this Saturday the 27th, there'll be a number of small tools available for the first time including several round cornering units, a steel rule cutter, a Hanson brass rule cutter, a single spindle drill, an ink scale and more.
There'll also be a 6 x 10 Kelsey, complete, ready to print and possibly several other units presently being worked on. There's even still some type and items left from the Howie Swoop.
It's a long weekend coming up so if you're looking for a day trip destination or coming through the area, stop in and say hello!
The Howie Gelbert Swoop on April 14th was well attended.
It was really nice to see so many letterpressers out and about on such a gorgeous Spring day.
The Swoop continues this Saturday, April 29th for anyone who couldn't make it earlier this month.
There's still a good variety of type fonts available as well as a furniture and reglet cabinet,
an Enkay Paper Trimmer, a 5 x 8 Kelsey, a half-size cabinet (12 cases), and a short open case cabinet in green.
Of course, there's lots of store inventory as well, including a rare item for us; 100 sheets of large rag paper.
See you Saturday!
Just a day left until this Saturday's Swoop at Letterpress Things. There's a nice variety of "finds" from Howie's printshop.
Presses, such as a Vandercook 099, 5 x 8 and 3 x 5 Kelseys, as well several toy presses with rollers.
There's several books including catalogs and 40 plus ITC type specimen pamphlets.