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“A tramp printer was a typesetting troubadour who came to town with a story in lieu of a song — an itinerant scholar and a master of the typecase. Carrying a union journeyman’s card and little else, these train-hopping typographers criss-crossed the continent by foot and rail for more than a century. To the tramp printers, freedom and the open road were far more valuable than material possessions.”
A collection of printed materials from the period 1450 to 1800 in high resolution. There are currently 35355 items, and the collection is extended daily. The collection consists of Type specimens, Historiated Initials, Title pages, Ornaments, Printers Devices, Factoti, Woodcuts, Images and Fleurons all sorted by country. The items are being catalogued according to the associated printer as a work in progress.
Member Ric… posted a video in Typography VideosThe Saguache Crescent newspaper in Saguache, Colo., has been printing its news the same way since the 1800s. Lay the letters. Ink. Press. Publisher Dean Coombs’ family has had the business for three generations, and has helped print out the weekly broadsheet on a linotype since he was 12 years old. See how the news is made the hard way.