We’ve gone to press! Ed Marquand and his pressman Jerry Marr just began printing my book on December 19th, utilizing their 1950’s (ironically the decade I was born as well) Vandercook printing press. Ed explained to me “Our motto around here is, ‘Isn't it nice when something outlives its obsolescence?’, and the Vandercook 219AB is a case in point.” Ed went on to explain the Vandercooks were designed as proofing presses. Large trays of composed and laid out lead type and illustration cuts - often for newspapers - were proofed on these machines before the type was moved to the larger, faster printing presses used in production runs. This model was manufactured in the 1950s, but by the 1970s most printers, newspapers, and other periodicals had converted from hot metal to photo mechanical processes. Chances are, this press only had a decade of hard use, which is one reason it's in good shape. It's perfect for doing the high quality, one sheet at a time production methods we employ at Paper Hammer Studios and Marquand Editions.”
It will take somewhere around 10 working days to get the press dialed in and print the small production run of just 22 copies. Meanwhile, I continue to work like a madman in the darkroom over the Holidays to have the platinum/palladium prints ready by early January.