interrobang918

Traditional Hand-Set Letterpress Design & Printing.

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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Announcement    Interrobang is the last all hand-, and hot metal-set letterpress shop in the Boston/Cambridge metro area. We have close to 800 fonts of vintage metal and wood type in cases and galleys, several series of linecasting matrices for text setting, and hundreds of border ornaments and slides we can cast unlimited quantities of on one of the last working Linotype in the area.

Environmentally conscious? So are we. Traditional metal type is energy captured in the form of letters, numbers, punctuation and ornament. That energy lays quietly in a type case until it's picked, and set by hand, printed, and distributed back in to a type case, ready for the next project.

Besides the few cards and posters we offer on Etsy, we design and print fine stationery, wedding invitations, bookplates, books, and other typographic ephemera. We're always happy to discuss custom orders.

And since we're printing, type and book nerds, we'll be offering some select books that are specifically about letterpress, type, and typography, or that were designed and printed better than typically done, with an eye toward type and typography.

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Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Interrobang is the last all hand-, and hot metal-set letterpress shop in the Boston/Cambridge metro area. We have close to 800 fonts of vintage metal and wood type in cases and galleys, several series of linecasting matrices for text setting, and hundreds of border ornaments and slides we can cast unlimited quantities of on one of the last working Linotype in the area.

Environmentally conscious? So are we. Traditional metal type is energy captured in the form of letters, numbers, punctuation and ornament. That energy lays quietly in a type case until it's picked, and set by hand, printed, and distributed back in to a type case, ready for the next project.

Besides the few cards and posters we offer on Etsy, we design and print fine stationery, wedding invitations, bookplates, books, and other typographic ephemera. We're always happy to discuss custom orders.

And since we're printing, type and book nerds, we'll be offering some select books that are specifically about letterpress, type, and typography, or that were designed and printed better than typically done, with an eye toward type and typography.

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About interrobang918

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On Etsy since 2010

Graphic Design and Fine Typographic Letterpress Printing

interrobang is the last remaining traditional hot metal letterpress shop in the Boston/Cambridge metro area. Started in an apartment at the Monument in JP in 1992, type and design has been the focus of my interest and energy for almost three decades. Heavily invested in heavy metal, work is designed and printed using one of the largest collections of vintage foundry and wood type in New England. Everything is printed with restored mid-century presses and equipment. Folks come to interrobang for typographically savvy design using the original metal versions of some of the 20th century’s great typefaces & ornament. Much of the material I work with has never been digitized, or is unavailable anywhere else. This is real letterpress.

Over the years, I’ve amassed over 750 fonts of type for setting by hand, letter by letter, and have finished restoration of a Linotype Model 31 at the little commercial typesetting division of interrobang, linotypesetting.com which continues to offer hot metal composition from several series of distinguished and unusual book and display faces. The Linotype can cast ornament, and set type in unlimited quantities for books, and longer texts.

Typical commissions include fine invitations, announcements, and holiday cards, letterhead and business cards, personal stationery, note cards, books, booklets, bookplates, posters and broadsides, certificates of merit, limited edition music packaging, gift certificates, postcards, etc. Spanning five centuries of technology, I also offer logo design, digital book design and production, and digital font production and customization.

Some product is up on Etsy, but most of the design is bespoke; tailored to your needs, and budget. It’s all product of the head, hand, and heart using traditional skills, tools, and materials.

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  • Michael Babcock

    Owner, Designer, Marketer

    Graduated with a BFA in painting in 1986, I found letterpress in 1988 and began dragging type and equipment home before formally establishing as interrobang letterpress in 1992. All type, all the time from a pretty darned big collection.

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