|Wood Type from MonkiVintage|
I'm arranging my printers blocks. Numbers precisely hand carved from wood. Shiny, textured copper faces fastened to a solid wood block. There are letters, a small bird, a row of intricate musical notes used to print lines for an old hymnal. Darkened with ink that has seeped and spread along grain lines. Several blocks have penciled marks on the back, "MST", "Taylor", a small, scribbled "2X". I've invented stories about these marks. My three favorite wood blocks are tall, a little taller than my hand, self-standing, a red X, Y, and a Z cut from blond wood. The X and Y are symmetrical, so when I see the Z, for a second I wonder why it looks slightly odd. It's reversed, and I must think backwards to an old letterpress.
|Stamps of Boy and Sister from FrenchAtticFinds|
My collection of blocks can be arranged and rearranged, a single letter standing above other old, wood pieces. A small stack of vowels silently speaking their sounds, and they prompt the kids to sing their abc's. Words spelled for someone's name, or a celebration. Once I received six blocks in a special package, "be mine", spoken from his heart. I don't own the whole alphabet, yet, or lots of initials for all our names. I just mix my different shapes and fonts, of simple m's, and d's, and curvy s's. A wonderful mix to match and mix to arrange and rearrange, and read and use every season back and forward.
|Letter T from gazaboo|
Punctuation marks (these are always special to collect and admire). Capital letters. Numerical symbols, fractions, advertisements, engraved prints, and batik and block fabric designs and painting (these are amazing!)
From A to the Z, keep your letters around, the backwards type is really forward.
Please click on the captions of the photos for more pictures and information. All these beautiful selections are from the EveTeam, an elite vintage team on Etsy.
|Postmark Letterpress from LuccaBalesVintage|
|Capitol N from fallaloft|
|Litho Print from marybethhale|
|Silk Batik Print Necktie from ArmourOfModernMen|
|Brass Numbers from CabArtVintage|
|Typewriter Keys from aniandrose|
|Knife Engravings from SummerHolidayVintage|
|Letter Z by charliesnest|