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8 pt. vs. 18 pt.

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Today we got more type cabinet doors cleaned up and was able to put away more type. I made the mistake of putting away a set of 8 pt. type after I had just put away the 18 pt. I went from a 12 mm size letter to a 5 mm size letter and I thought I was losing my eyesight!  I have to admit that I had to turn on ALL the lights so that I could see what the letters were on the 8 pt. type.  Can you imagine 6 pt.?

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Hamilton Type Cabinet

Lisa M. Payne Studio is now a full-time operation and to kick it off we worked on cleaning this wonderful old Hamilton type cabinet to get it ready to hold type again.  The bottom center is what the inside of the drawer looked like before cleaning – years and years of dirt and metal bits. I don’t know if a full restoration is in its future but it is nice to get it back in working order.

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We are Printers!

I am proud to say that Lisa M. Payne Studio officially printed for the first time yesterday!

  1. Inserting the chase into the press
  2. Packing the press (where you will put each paper to be printed)
  3. Inking the press.  Where you put ink on the disc and
  4. move the rollers up and down over the disc to spread out the ink which will insure the rollers are evenly covered when they roll over your type to ink it up.
  5. The very first printing!
  6. Hot off the press!
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Our first typeface has arrived!

M & H Type

Mackenzie & Harris, located in San Francisco, is the oldest and largest letterpress type foundry in the U.S., dating from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. In addition to buying new type from one of the few letterpress type foundries, Ebay and various listserves sell all kinds of vintage types. We are beginning our letterpress journey with 12 point and 18 point Baskerville.