Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Old Plates

This weekend we hit one of the best yard sales I have ever been to: for $12, I bought three big boxes of old printing plates with the theme "stamps and travel" that were used in the printing of an old stamp collecting catalog. There are little plates from every country, and it looks like they were part of an advertising campaign for stamp collecting from the 1960s.

I tried out a few on the press with really good results. Some have a little dirt caked on them after years of sitting in storage, so a few of the prints didn't come out perfectly. But with a little cleaning and some more printing practice, they'll be ready to go. I've been contemplating working on some travel themed cards, since these blocks are too pretty to stay in storage.


  1. Ooh, awesome find! Looks like you've got the press up and running, too!

    1. Yes, it's up and running! The rollers are still in bad shape and I still need to get them recovered, but they've been working fine for now. I just need to find the right time to send them in!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun - such a bargain!

  3. Beautiful printing. Absolutely love your blog and your work!


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