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Shiny S-200 DIY Printing Kit 4mm and 5mm Character Height

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The set contained 120 pieces of Monotype Gill Sans, although, rather curiously, the accompanying instruction leaflet was set almost entirely in Stephenson Blake’s rival sanserif, Granby. I am very happy to report that my coffee table that I made in Ken Well's metalwork class back in 1961/2 is still going strong and supports my Grandaughter's dolls house being the perfect height for her to move furniture around inside. Seller has stated it will dispatch the item within 1 working day upon receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab . The letterblocks have perished – they are a bit hard and dessicated and will probably not stand up to much pressure before they break. The John Bull trademark was sold to Dekkertoys of Peterborough in the late 1980s, but today the famous printing sets are no longer available.

Sadly, with the demise of John Bull printing sets, young letterpress printers today must seek their inspiration elsewhere. I seem to remember getting hugely frustrated at having to remember to set the words backwards, and they would ping out of the tweezers while you were trying to push them into the holder.There was a pair of tweezers for handling the fiddly letters, but I was always losing some as they fell on the floor and bounced away, which is why every so often a new set was needed. His is a more modern set than mine was and the wooden stamper’s been replaced by a plastic one — his is No. The name of their small enterprise—The Charter Stamp Company—means very little today, but their most famous product—the John Bull Printing Outfit —is probably more fondly remembered than the Adana press. the box contains over 200 rubber stamps, (it might not be all original contents there however all the alphabet and numbers complete) Three plastic frames to set stamps, a ink and a tweezers.

The manufacturer’s name varies according to the age of each set and boxes sometimes carry “Charter Series”, “Carson-Baker” or “Carbak” names and logos, depending upon when they were made. Top Row - Fay Thompson - Ian Sellars - Ann Morris - Rob Passmore - Shiela Vidler - Roger Cloony and Christine Lemuri.

Some people online have suggested they a product of the John Bull Rubber Company but the names are just a co-incidence, as the two firms logos are similar but not the same (and lets face it using the name John Bull was not rare, there was even a magazine by this name into the Fifties). John Bull later started doing combined sets of letters and picture stamps aimed directly at children (these sets have a three number catalogue sequence, that’s one in the picture below I found on the web). Quite recently (within the last 2 years) I bought a modern version of the John Bull set in, I think W. From 1940 until his death in 1954 he lived with my mother (his daughter Helen) and my late brother and myself at Meopham, Kent.

A boxed John Bull printing outfit set went for auction for just 5 pounds last week, so you can still pick them up for a bargain. Front Row - Martin O'Brien - Pamela Williamson - Steve Talbot - Maureen Waite - Gary Lucas and Linda Fulstow. On 10/04/1962 the number one single was Wonderful Land - The Shadows and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www. They also sold a very primitive little plastic printing press, which held the frame once the type was set.As a child I always dreamed of producing my own newspaper but didn’t follow it through, just printing odds and ends with that John Bull outfit. I noticed that our local stationers sell library style date stamps, so it follows they must also sell ink pads. The Charter Stamp Company became Carson-Baker Limited in July 1946, and the “Charter” trademark became “Carbak”.

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