luckyduckletterpress

Lucky Duck Press - Letterpress job printing

Connecticut, United States · 837 Sales

luckyduckletterpress

Lucky Duck Press - Letterpress job printing

Connecticut, United States 837 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(323)

Announcement   Welcome to Lucky Duck Press!

If you are looking for different quantities than you see in the listings or custom orders, please feel free to get in touch.

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Interested in my process or just seeing an old machine at work? Here is a video showing a bit of my process and the history of my little shop. Have a look: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/a-letterpress-legacy-with-lucky-duck-press/

Announcement

Welcome to Lucky Duck Press!

If you are looking for different quantities than you see in the listings or custom orders, please feel free to get in touch.

-------

Interested in my process or just seeing an old machine at work? Here is a video showing a bit of my process and the history of my little shop. Have a look: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/a-letterpress-legacy-with-lucky-duck-press/

Patrick Barrett

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Patrick Barrett

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(323)
Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa on Nov 29, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

What a huge hit! Hilarious calling cards for a three year old (really a present to make her parents laugh.) They loved it.

jetemadlehmer

jetemadlehmer on Nov 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The cards were really lovely. The paper was excellent quality, the envelopes matched perfectly, and they were shipped out quickly. Top notch!

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About

The History of Lucky Duck Press

Lucky Duck Press is a direct descendant of my great-grandfather’s Sterling Press of Winsted, Connecticut.

In 1901, my great-grandfather, Howard Deming, purchased a printing press by mail for $36.10 and started The Sterling Press in the small city of Winsted, Connecticut. His business offered announcements, calling cards, invitations and business brochures and was printed by the method of the day, letterpress. He carried on, building this company, for at least seven years. At that point, though, a household crisis caused him to think about another avenue for letterpress printing.

Not long after his 1907 wedding, Howard came home from the shop to find his young wife in tears! The laundry had marked her new shirtwaist with a pen and the ink had run, destroying the garment. This led Howard to develop a “wash-proof ink” and a product line of cotton nametapes that could be sewn into garments to identify the owner and eliminate the need for marking by pen. He found a rich market in institutions with mass laundry service, such as hospitals and boarding schools.

Howard expanded the business, renaming The Sterling Press, The Sterling Name Tape Company. Parents of summer camp attendees became his largest customer group. In fact, if one went to camp in the U.S. prior to 1970 their nametapes were most likely from Sterling!

The company expanded further into personalized goods for campers, such as towels, laundry bags, and backpacks and also began printing labels for crafters and small clothing businesses. Today, my father and brother run Sterling and have continued Howard’s legacy of looking for innovative printing methods for today’s market. (Visit www.sterlingtape.com to see what they’re doing today).

Over the years, any printing equipment that became outdated was moved to the basement of the Sterling building. And so, just over 100 years after Howard opened his print shop, I brought some of his hand- and foot-presses and lead type to Brooklyn, and Lucky Duck Press was born!

During the next few years I've returned to the old Connecticut shop to ‘liberate’ Howard’s foot-powered 1889 Golding Pearl Old Style No. 3, 1905 Golding Official No. 9 hand press, Challenge proof press and an automatic card press. Returning the equipment to its turn-of-the-century vocation of personal and business stationary. I work with Sterling’s original lead type and images, as well as photo-polymer plates, to create note cards, wedding invitations, announcements, holiday cards, personal or business stationary, and other custom items.

In 2010, I brought Lucky Duck back home and returned the presses to the family-business building in Winsted, CT in beautiful Litchfield County.

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  • Patrick Barrett

    Owner

    Designer and printer.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 17, 2013

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
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  • Other Method
Payment
Payment in full is required before I ship or start printing (for custom orders).
Shipping
For domestic orders, I ship via US Post Priority Mail. For items that will fit (single cards, for example) I send via US Post First Class service. International orders will be shipped via US Post parcel service. If you need expedited shipping just send a message.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not 100% happy with your order, return it for a refund (less the shipping costs).

Note: I will do my best to catch typos in your custom order text but if you make a mistake when sending it to me, I cannot offer a refund. Fair is fair. Of course, if it is my mistake I will refund or reprint, as you like!
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders of all types are most welcome. Convo me and we can get started.

Wholesale orders are likewise welcome. Convo me for details.