Friday find: Woodcut Poynder ampersand

A very cool ampersand print with an interesting story…

Look at this cool ampersand:

24 Line Poynder Ampersand print

It has an interesting story too: Jaqui Sharples of Lancashire, England, found this 24 line woodcut letter on eBay where it was being advertised as a “3”. An avid letterpress enthusiast she immediately recognised it as an ampersand, bought it for only £3 and made the beautiful print pictured above.

24 Line Poynder Ampersand

Sharp eyed Flickr member alan.98 then identified the typeface as “Poynder” from Delittle of York’s 1938 specimen book:

Poynder from Delittle's 1935 catalogue

Jaqui runs a small studio called Print for Love of Wood where she makes many more amazing prints, take a look!

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Hans Gremmen of Amsterdam procured this great set of Lucha Libre posters from a letterpress print shop in Mexico City in 2009. Hard to believe that an outdated printing technique can trump the efficiency of digital production in the 21st century. Here’s the proof…

Hans Gremmen of Amsterdam procured this great set of Lucha Libre posters from a letterpress print shop in Mexico City in 2009. I find the following account from Hans truly amazing:

The frequency of these fights is high, which means that new posters are made nonstop. The process of making these posters is therefore very efficient. The technique (letterpress) can provide this efficiency. There is no digital process, no plates, no pre-press. All the fonts, illustrations, sponsor logo’s, lines are already available in the workshop; they only have to be placed in the right order. The printer compiles the posters on the press himself, using these prefab materials. The colours (mostly rainbow-print) are also mixed on the press.

Hard to believe that an outdated printing technique can trump the efficiency of digital production in the 21st century. Here’s the proof:

The posters:

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

The setup:

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

The metal pieces are placed in position on the press.

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

A large selection of luchador masks ready to be placed in the composition on the press.

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

The ink is mixed and printing is a go!

Lucha Libre letterpress posters from Mexico City

Done. Maravilloso!

Funny letterpress posters stipulate new rules of work

Division of Labor based in Sausalito, California letterpressed these cool posters serving as a reminder of those little unwritten rules your colleagues may have forgotten about…

Division of Labor based in Sausalito, California letterpressed these cool posters serving as a reminder to your coworkers of those little unwritten rules they may have forgotten about…

New rules of work by Division of Labor

There are certainly a few people whom I would love to send this one to for Christmas:

New rules of work by Division of Labor

Via swissmiss.

Lovely posters letterpressed by Typoretum

Letterpress is essentially the very earliest method of printing text, invented by Gutenberg in the 1400s. Print shops like Typoretum are reviving this old fashioned art…

Typoretum is a print shop located in the small town of Coggeshall in Essex, England. They specialise in the old fashioned art of letterpress printing.

Letterpress is essentially the very earliest method of printing text, invented by Gutenberg in the 1400s. A print is created by inking reversed movable metal or wood type and then pressing it onto paper using a wonderfully complex machine.

Part of the novelty of letterpress prints are their tactile nature – the “bite” of the raised letters leaves a slightly embossed impression, and due to the manual work involved no two prints are exactly alike. These qualities have caused a recent resurgence in the popularity of this archaic printing technique.

Take a look at these nice letterpress posters for sale from Typoretum, and the snapshots of the process behind them:

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum

Letterpress posters from Typoretum