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Metal type from an old letterpress print shop in the mountains of Colorado.

:: Approximately 140 pieces
:: Ranges from 5 to 72 points (really tiny to approximately 1" tall)
:: Dimensions of whole block 1 7/8" x 2 3/4"
:: Weighs 1 pound, 1 ounce
:: Most small sizes of type in excellent condition (some still have old ink on them, which can be easily removed by soaking in a degreaser solution or gently scrubbing with an old toothbrush); please note some damage to pieces of large type.

The type is placed inside a frame I have made using thin pieces of metal taped together and then taped onto a piece of cardboard so no piece of type will slide out of the bottom. For shipping purposes, I will cover the top of the type with a protective layer and then another piece of cardboard, and tape everything together to secure it.

You will receive this exact set of type.

Each and every piece of letterpress goodness is near and dear to my heart. I keep everything that I can, and I only part with the items that I can't use and that are taking up too much space in our workshop. I'll share with you everything I know about the items.

These letters were salvaged from a bucket of type of miscellaneous fonts. I acquired them from a handyman friend, who acquired them from the daughter of an old letterpress printer. In exchange for some work on her house, my friend was given all of the printer's equipment, which had sat, unused, in a cabin in the mountains of Colorado for several decades. My friend kept everything for about 2 years but never had the time to devote to it, so he called me. Two truckloads and a lot of sweat later, everything found its way to my house. I am slowly going through the boxes and buckets and cases of type, so check back often for other items that I decide I can part with.

Looking for something specific? Let me know and I'll see if I have it!

I will combine shipping on items. I will ship everything I can in flat rate priority boxes from USPS, so you can really get your money's worth by combining items in one order. Convo me for a reserved listing, or I'll refund excess shipping charges through PayPal.

140 pieces vintage letterpress metal type - mix of fonts, sizes, letters, numbers and punctuation - TC4


  • Vintage Supply from the 1940s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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