Category Archives: History

Printing and photographic history

Learning letterpress in a 14th century town

One of the three classes I am teaching in Munich is Advanced Typography. The students are in their third year in the Print Media program at Munich University of Applied Sciences. Five of my students are exchange students from my … Continue reading

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The Poster-Paster

In my collection of books related to printing and publishing is a delightful edition from Dover of line art engravings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. I wrote about reproducing these illustrations in a series of blogs I wrote … Continue reading

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What’s in a street name?

I walked down Bayerstrasse yesterday morning, heading east from our apartment near the Hauptbahnhof, then turned right on Senefelderstrasse. I made a point of doing this because I was on my way to the big Calumet camera store in Munich … Continue reading

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Meet Lorem Ipsum

I’m not making this up. Three years ago I was looking at my roll sheet for my Introduction to Graphic Communication course at Cal Poly. About a third of the way down the list I stopped at the name Lauren … Continue reading

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Reproducing line art with digital technology

In the pre-halftone era (printing before the 20th century), illustrations printed by letterpress (relief printing) were made by engraving into wood or copper to make an image. It was a laborious task, and the quality was determined by the skills … Continue reading

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Printing on a 126-year-old press, and loving it!

I am engaged as a human printing engine this week (and next). The president of our university and his wife want a letterpress Christmas card this year, so have engaged the design and production forces at-hand to produce these cards. … Continue reading

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Visiting Palomar’s 200-inch telescope

After visiting Mt. Wilson’s two observatories in September, 2014, I began a reading marathon to learn as much as I could about the big telescopes that were used to usher-in the era of astrophysics. It was at the 100-inch Hooker … Continue reading

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My brief visit to Mars

I spent a couple of weeks on Mars earlier this year, on assignment to take some photos. There was no oxygen, so I had to hold my breath for two weeks. I did not run into Matt Damon. The work … Continue reading

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100,000 Readers! Thank you

It’s actually 101,759 readers. What started three and a half years ago on July 26, 2011 has now reached a major milestone in blogging for the graphic arts. The Blognosticator has reached and exceed the 100,000 reader mark. I started … Continue reading

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CNC router owners: meet the quoin

For centuries printers have been locking-up type inside a frame called a chase, then putting the chase into a printing press to complete letterpress printing projects. The method for doing the lock-up was originally done with wooden wedges which were … Continue reading

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