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Nuno Coelho's picture
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Letterpress in Barcelona
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hello boys and girls,

I'm currently in Barcelona working on a project that requires some letterpress printing, the thing is, since I'm new to the city I have no idea where to find places that still make letterpress printing.

help?

Thanks :)

Fredrik Jönsson's picture
Joined: 17 Jun 2005 - 9:35am
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Hola Nuno,
There's a letterpress in el Borne. Just behind the cathedral Santa Maria del Mar.
I think it's calle D'Espaseria.
(http://www.bcn.cat/cgi-guia/guiamap4/cgi-guia/?actives=&scl=6&cnt=31726....)

There's another up in Gracia that I think may do more specialized stuff.
Calle Doctor Rizal.
(http://www.bcn.cat/cgi-guia/guiamap4/cgi-guia/?actives=&scl=5&cnt=29538....)

I haven't yet have the opportunity to try either, so I can't recommend.

Hope this helps,
Fredrik

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You can find them easy. I guess most print shops in Spain still have letterpress equipment. Some info:

Impremta Galeries
Sant Fruitós, 6 - 08240 Manresa (Barcelona)Telf: 938771658

Dianagraf, S.A
Sancho de Ávila, 52 - 08018 Barcelona Telf. 93 300 86 68

Distripunt S.L.
Pallars 121-123 Baixos 08018 Barcelona Telf. +34 93 320 97 10

Gourmet d'or
C/ Viladomat, 259 - 08029 Barcelona Telf: 933631011

El Foli Verd
Llibertat, 33 baixos 08012 Barcelona Telf: 934571531

La Noografica
P.Comerç, 124 - 08203 Sabadell (Barcelona) Telf: 937205624

Sellares
Ter, 46 - 08570 Torello (Barcelona) Telf: 938590850

Impres y JJJJ
La Granada, 43 - 08720 Vilafranca del Penedes (Barcelona) Telf: 938922018

Grafica Frape, S.L
Secretari Coloma,70 Barcelona Telf: 932843388

Chers

André

Fredrik Jönsson's picture
Joined: 17 Jun 2005 - 9:35am
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"I guess most print shops in Spain still have letterpress equipment."
What makes you think so?

/F

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AGL, thing is... almost every place has a letterpress machine, but they only use them for engravings or for numerations, they don't actually have metal nor wood types nor ornaments :\

hey Fredrik thanks alot for your info, I will surely visit those :)

by the way, your bread lookes terrible but your work is nice ;)

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Just contact Mr Hartmann from bauer types in Barcelona.
Its the follow-up foundry of Bauersche Giesserei.
They are still producing lead letters (I am one of their representants in Germany). They should know the active letterpress printers in Barcelona and surrounding,mh?

Give Mr Hartmann my best wishes.
I am sure, he can help you:

http://www.ftbauer.com/bswebs.G3?log:pkid=2&log:company=22&log:contract=...

Georg
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„Ich bin ein Preuße, kennt Ihr meine Farben...“

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"What makes you think so?"

I think they wouldn't do that. Why get rid of good letterpress machines. I don't know how letterpress is used over there, but there are still semi retired individuals still printing business hand set cards, or invites. I worked in a little letterpress shop over there for about a year or so, and I interviewed with local printers and actually was given to see the presses, and I visited a lot of them. Anyway, if you want to print letterpress, just tell the printer you want it that way. I guess you will find letterpress (tipografia) printing if you ask for.

Georg gave you good info about Bauer in Barcelona. Actually they still have for sale some lead type with antique finished wood boxes.
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"AGL, thing is... almost every place has a letterpress machine, but they only use them for engravings or for numerations, they don’t actually have metal nor wood types nor ornaments :\"

Anyway, if you want to print letterpress, just tell the printer you want it that way. I guess you will find letterpress (tipografia) printing if you ask for. Just tell the printer, I want it 'tipográfico', you give them some negatives, they make the plates (which these days are fotopolymer).
I actually i don't know for sure if there is actually lots of letterpress shops over there, but you can just walk and find a printshop, go in and ask. Most printers like the refer others and guide you on finding one.
Hope this help. Thanks.

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Joined: 17 Jun 2005 - 9:35am
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Nuno, don't judge a book by its cover; that bread is the best-tasting bread you'll get in Barcelona ;)

About the print shops I mentioned. The one in Borne (as far as I have seen) makes business cards and smaller jobs like that. Both type and engraving.
In the one in Gracia, I was shown some very beautiful and meticulous work. And they have _a lot_ of type there.

Good luck. If you get something done, I'd be interested in seeing the result.

F.

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First of all thanks a lot for your help guys.

Bleisetzer I actually had already contacted Bauer, and it was a big finding for me to know that with them there is even the possibility to forge our own set of types. For now I have some places to visit, lets see if we can make this project come to life. Hope so :) and be sure I'll post the result.

PS: I believe you Fredrik, in fact the bread here isn't that good... I miss the portuguese bread...
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