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Basic Mechanics for Letterpress

Introduction

My initial interest in letterpress had different motivating factors than most people. My first piece of letterpress equipment was a Linotype. I was fascinated with the Linotype as a piece of machinery, that appeared, to the eyes of a person that only understood desktop publishing, to take the most roundabout route to accomplish what today is not even considered a discrete task.

I've since learned that there are many people who share the same fascination with letterpress, but that don't share the same experience that I have had with old machines. Reading tales of siezed and broken presses, and tales of presses falling off of trucks while being moved has prompted me to put together this guide.

This is a work in progress.

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