“This Is a Printing Office” poster

$30.00

Poster features the well-known passage by Beatrice Warde, “This Is a Printing Office.” Letterpress printed at the 2023 SF Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose to mark the 50th anniversary of the Printing Office at History Park in San José.

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Poster features the well-known passage by Beatrice Warde, “This Is a Printing Office.” Letterpress printed at the 2023 SF Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose to mark the 50th anniversary of the Printing Office at History Park in San José. Printed from previously uninked Meridién metal type (designed by Adrian Frutiger), cast over fifty years ago at the Deberney & Peignot foundry in Paris. Vintage wood type was used  for the large “50”. The poster was hand-inked in two colors, and printing a 1920s Hacker Test Press, on textured all-cotton cardstock from Hahnemuhle mill in Germany. Measures 17.5″ x 23″. The poster ships rolled in a tube. The suggested donation is $30, plus $3 for shipping. Sales support the not-for-profit San José Printers’ Guild and our campaign for a new print shop building at History Park.

Beatrice Warde composed the inscription “This Is a Printing Office” in 1932, while she was working for British Monotype. Proceeds from sales help support the campaign for a larger print shop building at History Park, to allow for display and opearation of larger machinery currently in storage, such as a Linotype, Heidelberg Windmill press, and a Gold-Rush era handpress used to print a pioneer California newspaper.

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