I’m sort of lusting after a couple of things shown above. I covet the Model Self Inking Printing Press as illustrated on the cover of How to Print, printed in London in July of 1884. Not only is the ornate patterned typography on the cover fantastic, but I’m equally drooling over the detailed hand press illustrations that accompanied the publication. If I could buy the press and cabinet as pictured I’d be perfectly content to just sit and look at them and never print a thing. Yes, sir that would be a conversation worthy addition to my studio.
And speaking of studios, as I poked around in Mr. Hansen’s Flickr I stumbled across his studio. Please can I have a room filled to the brim with type cabinets, presses and posters filling every square inch?
The trade card reads: “Revised and enlarged edition. Cancelling previous publications. July 1884.How To Print. As all can read, so all may print. C.G. Squintani & Co., Manufacturers and patentees of the Model Self-Inking Printing Press. Type and Printing Material. 3, Ludgate Circus Buildings, London, E.C., Entered at Stationers’ Hall, Price Sixpence. ‘Model’ hand press and cabinet.”