When I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Lakeland, Florida (the swan city) in the year 2000, I was unaware that I was repeating the path of a Chandler and Price 8x12 New Style letterpress, which had made the trip more than eighty years earlier.
This particular press (serial no. B59016) left our common birthplace, as best as can be established from the serial number, some time in the late 1910's and took up residence in the pressroom of one of Lakeland's two newspapers, which merged in 1928 to form the Lakeland Ledger and Star-Telegram. The gentleman seated below, A.J. Trueblood, was the foreman of the the Ledger's composing room.
photo courtesy http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us
Several years later, Trueblood formed his own printing company and brought several presses and type machines from the Ledger, including this press.
Like many letterpresses extant, this one has been used exclusively for die-cutting for more than a decade and has sat un-used for several years. I need your help in acquiring this piece of Lakeland history and bringing it back to its prime working condition. The press appears to be in great shape, but needs a thorough cleaning (it's covered in sawdust and gunk) and some additional parts to adapt it to modern letterpress printing. This project is designed to fund:
- the press
- a new motor
- an aluminum base
- photopolymer plates
- rent - our floors can't handle this half-ton monster
I've figured, in total, it will cost approximately $4,250 to bring this press to printing life and get the plates and paper necessary to give you the goods.
Speaking of the goods...there's a poster and some Swan City Press goodies available, but even cooler than that: custom letterpress print work at an affordable price! These custom creations can be made from your art or we'll design it for you. Here's the catch: we can't have it ready the day after this is over. It will take several weeks (how many, we're not sure) to get everything up and running and ready and then we work to fulfill.
Most of the work I do through my custom event stationery company, a fine press, is letterpress, where a light kiss has given way to an ultra-textural punch of the plate.
image courtesy Clayton Austin
image courtesy Tina Sargeant
Please help me bring this piece of Lakeland back to its former glory and get some great letterpress work in return.
- (32 days)