My older brother had a small printing shop in the garage of our home. I was only 11 years old at the time and he began showing me the basics of letterpress printing. He was not able to support his young family with the business so decided to sell. He let me keep a 5x8 Kelsey press and a few cases of type. The ink had gotten in my blood and I continued throughout my school years to build up a small print shop of my own.
Presses & Equipment
Currently using a 6x10 Damen & Peets "National" press, 5x8 Kelsey press, 19" Challenge Advance paper cutter, over 500 cases of metal type, and a few fonts of wood type. Also in storage is a 10x15 Heidelberg Windmill press, a Ludlow, an Intertype, and a Linotype.
Education & Training
Took several evening printing courses at Northampton Vo-Tech during the years 1967-1975.
Began working at a small newspaper after graduating high school in 1967. After three rejections by the military draft, decided to start my own commercial printing business in 1969. This continued until 2015 when we had the opportunity to sell our commercial building in which the business was housed, and close down the commercial printing business. Put all the letterpress equipment in storage and have slowly been putting in back in production. Most printing done today is for fun and the love of letterpress. I still publish a bi-monthly magazine for doll collectors that my mother and I started in 1961, but that of course is not printed by letterpress.
Other Interests & Hobbies
Stamp and post card collecting.
Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
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