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Mystery in the Attic: we need a Sherlock-type!

Earlier this year, John and Richard uncovered some very old, dusty boxes in the attic at The Wilderness that turned out to be full of what appear to be headline letterpress fonts of the hand cut variety.

We have no idea how old these fonts are, although we have deduced that they may be from around the mid 1800s, which would tie in with Cupiss Letterpress’ move to The Wilderness… and may mean that the hand cut blocks are even older than that!

It would be amazing to find someone – a ‘Sherlock-type’ (see what I did there!) – that could help us identify the typefaces, or at least help us to understand exactly how old they might be. There are six or seven in all, so if this is your forte, please get in touch.

Meanwhile, we’re all very excited about the series of posters we’re creating on the Heidelberg 10 x 15 Press (1950).

The first, which we’re calling ‘Captain of my Destiny’, has been printed using the hand cut shadow font and is so named because the poster features the Nelson Mandela quote “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny” Hand cut letterpress type

The posters will be available soon and we hope to raise funds for the fight against Ebola with the 1st of 100 prints, framed and mounted, going to auction – feels like a good, right thing to do!

Snippet view of printed limited edition poster

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

We will once again be taking part in the Norfolk Heritage Open Days Event. On Thursday 11th September through to Saturday 13th September, 2014. Places can be booked at www.heritagecity.org/hods.

On arrival visitors will be given a talk on the history of the company using a static display of old photographs, printing from our past, hand written letter books and the history behind the veterinary medicines for horses which we still manufacture today.  Continue reading

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An experience with a difference!

If ever you’ve wondered what letterpress is all about, then a Cupiss Letterpress Experience Day is for you.

We invite you and your friends to visit Cupiss Letterpress to experience first-hand what it’s like to step back in time to use original blocks, type and printing presses from the company’s 184 year history.

The aim of the experience day is for you to have fun, get inky fingers, learn a little about traditional printing skills and ultimately achieve a printed product to take home at the end of the visit.

Previous visitors have produced their own wedding stationery, posters and brought in and printed their own linocuts. The possibilities are limitless – probably the hardest part of the whole experience is deciding what to do. Continue reading

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Little Ouse Headwaters Project Visit

We were approached by some members of the Little Ouse Headwaters Project connected with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts based at the U.E.A. in Norwich. They enquired whether it would be possible for a group from the organisation to come down to the printing works one Saturday to produce letterpress printing for sale and display materials for use at their Open Days at various village halls around the vicinity of the Ouse headwaters.

John and Richard welcomed eleven people to “The Wilderness” early one sunny autumnal Saturday morning. Following a brief Health and Safety talk and a demonstration of Hand Compositing the visitors were allowed to search through our varied cases of metal and wooden type, make their choices and report back to John or Richard who would advise them on their task ahead, before starting preparation for their personal printing. Continue reading