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Hand-fed. Foot-powered.

Lucky Duck Press is my letterpress print shop. In 1901 my great grandfather started a printing business in Northwest Connecticut printing name tapes for women's shirtwaists and, later, various clothing items that were sent out for laundry service from camps, hospitals, schools, etc. As the business grew it kept up with the newest technology leaving the old hand- and foot-powered presses to gather dust.

One hundred years later, I brought some of his lead type and a hand press to Brooklyn and Lucky Duck Press was born! In 2010 I reversed the trip and brought the presses back to their original home. I now work out of the very building in which my great grandfather worked and have much more space. I print, primarily, on a foot-powered 1889 Golding Pearl Old Style No. 3 and the 1905 Golding Official No. 9 hand press, creating note cards,…

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  • Born on July 1
  • Joined March 19, 2008

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Paper, paper, paper And ink And lead type And some photopolymer too

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About

Hand-fed. Foot-powered.

Lucky Duck Press is my letterpress print shop. In 1901 my great grandfather started a printing business in Northwest Connecticut printing name tapes for women's shirtwaists and, later, various clothing items that were sent out for laundry service from camps, hospitals, schools, etc. As the business grew it kept up with the newest technology leaving the old hand- and foot-powered presses to gather dust.

One hundred years later, I brought some of his lead type and a hand press to Brooklyn and Lucky Duck Press was born! In 2010 I reversed the trip and brought the presses back to their original home. I now work out of the very building in which my great grandfather worked and have much more space. I print, primarily, on a foot-powered 1889 Golding Pearl Old Style No. 3 and the 1905 Golding Official No. 9 hand press, creating note cards, wedding invitations, announcements, holiday cards, personal or business stationary, and other custom items. In most cases I print on Crane’s Lettra paper which is a soft, thick paper specifically designed for letterpress printing and takes an impression beautifully. Lettra is 100% cotton based and so no trees are used in its production.

I offer a variety of stock designs to choose from which are, in most cases, hand-set with wood or metal type. Custom jobs can be easily accommodated as well by working with you (or your designer) to create a layout that is then turned into a polymer plate.

Letterpress is a relief printing process in which a raised surface (type or images) is inked and then pressed into the paper leaving, in addition to the printed material, a tactile impression. For those that love the idea of historic techniques, handcrafted items, or all things printed, letterpress is a unique and lovely way to personalize your stationary needs.

Custom and wholesale orders are most welcome! Convo me for details.

In addition to my Etsy store, take a look at my website at: www.luckyduckletterpress.com or if you want to know what I am designing, setting, or printing, read my blog: www.luckyduckpress.wordpress.com, become a fan on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/luckyduckletterpress, or follow me on twitter: twitter.com/luckyduckpress.

Press & News:

-- Lucky Duck Press has been selected as one of the finalists in Martha Stewart’s American Made Audience Choice Award! Please give me your vote (EACH day until September 24th) at:
http://americanmade.marthastewart.com/profiles/patrick-barrett-1221

-- My mini-telegram business cards, were featured in Marie Claire's May 2012 issue (on page 86 if you want to check it out).

-- In August of 2010, I was privileged to be featured on Etsy's blog, The Storque. I had a great time talking to Tara and demonstrating my process. Check it out here:
http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/a-letterpress-legacy-with-lucky-duck-press-10189/

-- In 2009, I was selected as one of Martha Stewart Weddings favorite Etsy crafters! See it here: http://bit.ly/dp5Shl

-- My Brooklyn Bridge invitation set was included in New York Weddings Magazine Winter 2009/2010 edition! See the online version here:
http://nymag.com/weddings/slideshow/ww10/etsy/index18.html

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