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New Homes Found for Old Type
There were quite a few finds at the MOP Type Sale on Saturday. “Gentleman John” Barrett of Letterpress Things coordinates these events for the benefit of the Museum and this weekend’s event had a super turnout. As a volunteer stevedore (Sisyphus?) for the day, I can vouch for the small mountain of wood and lead type sold, as well as other awesome heavy loot: presses, cabinets, and trunkloads of letterpress gear.
My favorite item at the sale was this large font of poster type that had been donated by the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. Aside from the occasional “WAR!” headline I doubt this typeface got much editorial use and was probably acquired for job work. It was one of the first fonts out the door. Of course, a lot of other beautiful fonts got snapped up as well.
It was very social and fun day, and frankly I needed the workout. Big thanks to old and new friends for stopping in, stocking up, and supporting the Museum. And hey, if you happened to buy any type at the sale, we would love to see what you do with it. If you have any pics of your projects, share ‘em on our Facebook wall!