Ephimeros

Letterpress & Photography at Philoxenia Press

Trade card printer, Montpelier, Vermont. Die cut. 
American Type Founders from the Marder, Luse & Company Branch to the Dickensons Branch. Very nice Chicago & Minneapolis Fast Mail railway post office cancel, 1898. Corner advertising cover. The typeface is Bradley designed only three years previous to this mailing. 

Setting up a specimen showing of Mole Foliate, designed by Sem Harz and recast by Stephenson Blake in 72 point. The top image shows the building of the foundry piece border panels which surround each character. The edition will be printed in two colors for each panel on dampened Rives on the post folio Albion. 

As long as I’m showing hand-cranked motion picture cameras, I thought I would include this one. The camera is probably a 35mm DeVrie or a Pathe and the man on the street beside the car is using a 4x5 field camera as a photo journalist. The license plate is 1913, so this is an early newsreel team. There are two men on either side of the tripod to steady the camera while the car is in motion. 
I couldn’t resist acquiring this fine photo of an early film crew at the summit of Mount Washington Cog Railway. The train has evidently been chartered by a film crew; a 16mm Kodak Model A Type II hand cranked camera (the only one Kodak ever made) and the rare 35mm hand cranked Akeley “pancake camera.” The Akeley was first made in 1917 and the Kodak Model A Type II in 1923, so this dates the photo to ca. 1923 or later.
In addition to the demonstration of hand composition we pulled this proof of the Moxon Chappel contribution for the July meeting, which will be hosted by the Press. These are pp. 1 and 4 of six on three folios with a plate hand painted au pochoir and a title page, sewn into covers and wrappers. 
The Argentinian videographer Juan Pinnel is shown here filming a documentary for the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley; Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, the focus of the documentary, is the founder of Dharma Press, and his initial efforts were with a small Kelsey table-top press in the bathroom of his home in 1969. Philoxenia Press figures in this as a prop room to get an image inventory for eventual use in the final cut. Here I am doing a demonstration of hand composition, an announcement for the Moxon Chappel meeting at the Press in July 26, 2014. 
K. Štikat. Prémie Sdružemí jihočes. Linocut, Czechoslovakia, 1930.
Poor wood engraver working in his rooms with his family.

From Ročenka Československých Knihtiskařů, Prague 1931
Bookplate. Portugal, 1950. Relief printed. Designer unknown. This is a bookplate for the “Camoneana” collection of the Portuguese national laureate Camões. 
Bookplate by Bohumil Kratky. Russia, 1985. Aquatint etching in brown ink.