"AGL GRAND OPENING" A Letterpress Shop

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Hi there,

I have visited this blog for a long time, but I was busy with something else and did not created a account. I could have something to say about types and beautiful fh8 curves. I even have designed a nice form typeface in past seven or eight years, among some others experiments.

In the past two years I have been collecting letterpress artifacts (it is antique now baby) and after alotofgoingaroundandbiddingonauctionsandhoppingtogetthepiece I finally can tell to the word:

AG Letterpress announces its promptness, headed to printing glory and adorned with 19th century and earlier great typography (I love type and the only thing I can say is that I would like to meet people that could be of some help - "how the old type founders got their mats?")

"AGL Grand Opening" could well be a typeface name, why not. But the typeface is more then a table of characters. The presentation for this typeface which we already know the name is to be printed using my long waited Heidelberg T platen 1969 (groovy) - man, this press rocks. I also got a few old new ATF small type (Engravers 6 pt, Caslon Italic 14 pt, Shaded 12 on 18 pt, Craw Modern 6 pt and some others. My goal is to use this typefaces to print announcements and cards.

As a kid on a summer vacation I was first introduced to a letterpress shop. It was no more then a little cabinet with 16 cases of type, and a platen press 10"x16". That was in 1977 and few months later I was an apprentice. And so it happened: I am a type lover, and after 30 years of dealing with type I don't cease to admire letters.

As time permit I will posting some of my works. To start a picture of our dog, Nicky, which I designed as if it was a 'leadcut', and use it to print a card.

Thanks

Andre

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