M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S and Thanks!

Hi all,
To you of the Briar Press community I want to thank you so much for all the help and comments, tips etc, you all have shared! Having got into letterpress a few months ago I feel so grateful to all of you for helping me as there isn’t any old printers or new ones in my area, at least in my town. Coming from a photographic background I need lots of help!! But through your help and youtube videos, a few books and prayers I feel more confident now and hope I yield better printing results in 2012! Thank you for your wisdom and time!

My best wishes to you all! Esp DickG, Dennis and Chuck!

Merry Christmas!

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Thanks Pilgrim!!! I agree with you: Merry Christmas!!! to everyone!!

Thanks Pilgrim, hope santa is good to you and everyone else on this list, if you ever get back to where the pilgrims landed look me up, i’m only a few miles away from the rock. Dick G. ps glad to share some of this letterpress stuff, happy there is so many of you young kids that are learning this stuff so it doesn’t completely disappear. keep the presses running.

HoHoHo from Colorado + happy printing in 2012

Wesołych świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
(A freylikhe nitl un a guter nayer yor)
God jul och gott nytt år
Veselé vianoce a Štastný nový rok
С Рождеством Христовым
Linksmų Kalėdų ir laimingų Naujųjų Metų
즐거운 성탄절 보내시고 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Nollaig shona duit/daoibh
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki HouFrohe/Fröhliche Weihnachten
und ein gutes neues Jahr / ein gutes Neues / und ein gesundes neues Jahr / und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr
Sretan Božić! Sretna Nova godina!
Шчаслівых Калядау

No matter how you say it,
we want to wish you a
and a
To All our Briar Press friends
all over the world…
from Stanislaus Pekala

Sowry, meye Spell Chekker jest qwit!

Merry Happy Christmas Holiday to everyone.


My Christmas fantasies include a Briar Press, Letpress, and Flickr-page printers meetup! I love you guys and hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a year full of happy printing!

(sneaking a Briar Press break before my son and his cats arrive)

And a Feliz Navidad from Green Goat’s Press in Turrialba, Costa Rica as well as Merry Christmas from Ad Lib Press in Doswell, Virginia!


M * E* R* R*Y * * *C*H*R*I*S*T*MA*S

From Canada, and a

Happy and Safe New Year!

All the best, Geoff

It was in June of 1993 at the annual Wayzgoose of the Amalgamated Printer’s Association, held in Keithsburg, IL.

It was an unusual location because there were no real hotels or motels anywhere nearby, so that year accomodations were mainly made for people to stay in local houses, trailers and cabins.

Two older gentlemen from North Dakota drove down and showed up out of the blue. They had heard about the Wayzgoose and decided to come. Of course they were not registered nor did they have any housing set-up. That was quickly handled and they ended up sharing a trailer with my son and I and a few other APA members. The air conditioning wasn’t the best in this trailer so we all suffered a little in the heat asnd humidity, but it was passable.

One guy was extremely overweight and perhaps in his 70’s. The other fellow was slight of build and in his 90’s!!!! They were former letterpress printers. It was the ‘younger’ one I was worried about because he seemed to suffer the most in the heat.

The Saturday swap-meet was over and we were all comparing what we had scored there. One of the things I was thrilled to get was a 12-pica Star composing rule. The older guy sees this and says “I want to show you something.”

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a shiny weel-worn Star composing rule and tells us the story.

When he was in his teens he started out in a job shop and the foreman asked him if he had his own composing rule. He didn’t. The foreman then handed him one and told him the cost would come out of his first paycheck. The rule he had in his hand was that very one and he had kept it in his pocket everyday of his life since first receiving it. He considered that to be his badge and identification that he was a real printer.

Absolutely amazing!!!!!! You just can’t make-up stuff like this. I guess the Christmas star reminded me of this story to share with you today.

Merry, merry Christmas.


Love it, Foolproof 546! Merry Christmas everyone.

Merry Christmas and happpy printing to everyone!

T’was the day after Christmas and all though the shop not a creature was stirring so I wrote this flop.
The composing stick were hung on their racks in a line
it gave me the time to type up this rhyme.
I’ve enjoyed all the strings and the links to boot,
still looking to find some letterpress loot.
With a wink and a nod I will say my last thought,
you guys are the best and I love what you have taught.
Belated Merry Christmas