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Vintage Services
Western Australia
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Year You Started with Letterpress
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing
<p style="text-align: justify;">When I was 11 years (way back in 1956) old a friend got an Adana press which kindled my interest in printing. My Dad made me a small hinged press and I gleaned type and blocks from business houses to play at printing. My John Bull rubber stamp outfit and a collection of rubber stamps are still around somewhere in the shed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1979 a young chap that had belonged to a youth club I conducted back when a YMCA youth worker, contacted me as he'd bought out a back-yard printer to set up on his own. The gear he acquired included an Arab handfed, treadle platen press (in pieces) and I bought it from him together with five founts of type (one of which was in a saucepan - I quickly learnt the lay of a case) I put the press together (it was disassembled) and printed off a few sticky labels for my daughter's school books.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">My father was still alive then and could remember using a press like this back around 1916 as a youth and he had a go as well. There is a bit of printers ink in the family as I had an uncle who was a compositor and linotype operator. My brother at one stage worked for a firm in Victoria, Australia setting out advertisements in metal before he went into the advertising industry and became a high flyer (literally as he was the advertising executive for a major airline).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fortunately a friend of mine was a factory manager for a large jobbing printing company and is a comp by trade. I've learned a lot from him over the years and we now co-own a factory unit where we keep most of our letterpress equipment.</p>
Presses & Equipment
<p style="text-align: justify;">Operable: Two Arab presses (c1880s)- one foolscap folio size and the other crown folio size, a Model No 3, two Adana 8x5 presses, a Golding Official No 4 (1892), a Poco proof press, a Farley proof press; a Haddon proof press (heavy roller type); Gem No 1 guillotine (made by Thompson, Manchester); 1 Ludlow; Douglas saw, Douglas super surfacer, Rouse powered mitre cutter; Rosback style treadle pin perforator; numerous racks of Ludlow mats; too many cases of handset type; Virco heat machine; and a huge (read as bloody heavy) pin perforator that has been converted to cut out jigsaw puzzles (was originally used to perforate stamps) and a small but growing collection of Hemphill style wedge quoins.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Awaiting rollers or other bits: a Golding Pearl No 1 5x8(1905); an Improved Pearl; an Adana 5x8; an Adana H/S2; Adana TP/48 (electric); Excelsior 5x8; 2 more Ludlows (Model L); Hot foil press (well it works - sort of), Arab foolscap folio press. There's also an Elrod that we co-own and that neither of us have learnt how to work....yet.</p>
Education & Training
<p style="text-align: justify;">Had some once. Left school just before 15th Birthday; went back later and picked up a degree somewhere and also did some museum studies and other things.</p>
Work History
<p style="text-align: justify;">- as it relates to letterpress printing: I'm a hobby printer - self (with help from others) taught. Bureaucrat by day job, frustrated printer on weekends.</p>
Other Interests & Hobbies
<p style="text-align: justify;">Vintage motoring in my 1928 Dodge and running classic car events/rallies/displays; collecting Western Australian commercial history and ephemera; collecting old bottles and artefacts; conducting collectors fairs; trying not to be a pompous ass; trying to play the pipe organ; having fun with the English language etc etc etc. Other interests include my wife and three off-spring and three grand children.</p>
Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
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Predefined Group Memberships

APA: Amalgamated Printers Association
AAPA: Amatuer American Press Association
APHA: American Printing History Association
ATF: American Typecasting Fellowship
BPs: British Printing Society
LOLP: Ladies of Letterpress

NAPA: National Amateur Press Association