Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
Greg
Last Name
Fischer
Press Name
«none»
City
Allentown
State
New Jersey
Country
USA
Website or Blogsite
http://
Year You Started with Letterpress
1955
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing
Started my career in the newspaper business in 1955, and kept at it for 42 years. Beginning in the dispatch department, I finally got an apprenticeship in the composing room as a machinist. Worked in this capacity until getting my journeyman’s card after five years, and then went on the night shift as chief (and only) machinist. We had 16 Linotypes, 2 Ludlows, a Monotype Material Maker, and the usual compliment of saws, proof presses and other mechanical equipment. In the 70’s the company changed to “cold type” and I was retreaded and became the process camera operator and plate maker. Later, the camera was replaced by an Autokom machine, and then on to computer operation with Adobe photoshop. I had had enough by that time, as I am really a nuts and bolts man, so I took a buyout and early retirement.
Presses & Equipment
I rescued, tore down, repainted and rebuilt a model 8 Linotype that was manufactured in 1923. This was joined by a 1950’s C&P Craftsman press, sans feeder. I have a proof press, an ancient Miller saw and the usual hand operated equipment. I have over 100 fonts of Lino mats.
Education & Training
Work History
I do little printing, some composition work, but run about 15,000 “No Hunting”  signs in season.  Also do the usual “thank you” jobs for friends and relatives.  I have some hand type, mostly big wood stuff.
Other Interests & Hobbies
I also am an avid shooter, and load my own cartridges as well as cast bullets. (Can’t get enough hot metal!) Another hobby is basic clock repair and I am an avid reader, usually over 50 books a year. I enjoy rescuing small printing equipment and composing room items from local shops which I sell at a small profit. Saving this stuff is my main goal.
Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
Birth Year
Your Photo or Press Photo

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