Friday, November 28, 2008

Meet Kelsey

Last weekend I made a trip up to Madison, NH to visit a woman who was selling her Kelsey Excelsior 5x8 press after over 50 years. She had an enormous beautiful barn filled with lots of ancient treasures. I've been toying with the idea of purchasing my own letterpress for a while now (one much smaller than the ones I operate at work) and needless to say, when I saw what beautiful condition this little press was in, I couldn't turn it away.

This particular model is from 1893, so the fact that it still has all it's accessories is pretty amazing. It also came with 6 full drawers of type and one of the chases was still set up from the last thing that was printed in the 50's.

I'm just waiting on new rollers to be able to put her to full use.....Lastly, here is a photo of my little shop with it's newest addition:


Cara said...

what was the last thing it said?

e.b. goodale said...

It's an invitation to a Scottish Ball. I think it was some "coming out" party for a debutante. Does that still happen?

Alexander said...

ooh... so nice! can't wait to see how you add text to your already awesome images~! (and i am sure Brian is drooling at the idea of printing his own chapbooks too!)

golden girl said...

ah-ha! i knew you'd get it :)