THREE NEW LETTERPRESS RESOURCES have come to my attention. Letterpress Commons, Letterpress Hotline and Letterpress Printing by Bill Elligett are all full of information about printing, presses and everything to do with letterpress. The Hotline comes in the form of a human voice, something unusual in this day and age. Here is a little information and links to each one
Letterpress Commons is the brainchild of Harold Kyle of Boxcar Press and Jenny Wilkson from Seattle. They have gathered information from several sources-The Press Museum from Briar Press, and a travel map showing printers all over the US to mention two. One of the things I like is that the Museum allows readers to edit and add to descriptions for each press. It has always bugged me that the Old Reliable photo is of a press with many of the parts missing. Now I can send in a photo of the one I work with to replace it. Harold said the site was designed as a "Wiki" for contributors to offer more information about different subjects. But look for yourself at Letterpress Commons
The Letterpress Hotline was introduced to me a few days ago by Marjorie Wilser of the San Jose Printer's Guild. This site is a free Hotline to call with letterpress questions. Really, dial (866) 218-6927. The hours when a person(s) is available are posted on the site. The experts at the other end are not your ordinary printers either. The names I have seen are some of the better known, accomplished, letterpress and book arts people is the country. Don't take my word for it. Go check out the Letterpress Pocket Hotline.
The last site has been on the Web for a number of years but I frequently go back to it because it has so much information. Bill Elligett was a Melbourne Australia printer and Linotype operator who started collecting information early in has career. For a number of years, he posted a new scan of some type of letterpress equipment every month. Bill passed away in 2009 but his site is still being maintained by his family I believe. It isn't just photos of equipment either, there a many how-to articles included. Check it out and bookmark it because you will come back again and again to reference something you saw previously. Letterpress Printing in the 60s.