Heading to see a friend in Anglia, I took the chance to contact John at Francis Cupiss, Diss. The reply shot back that John was away but Richard would give us a glimpse of the works.
We were invited to step inside the epitome of a proper printing works: cast iron guillotine, Columbian press, pair of Heidelberg Platens. In fact a peek around the corner showed an Intertype and the smell of the place was intoxicating.
Richard showed off the firm’s work, detailed, creative, meticulous work from the smallest business cards to delightful posters reflecting the firm’s first printing to promote Cupiss’ Constitution Balls for horses.
Friends WelcomeCupiss Poster, being printed on the Heidelberg
Family by Appointment
Upstairs we were shown copies of the Suffolk Stud Book: annuals of horse breeding, but beautifully bound and gold-blocked; halftone horses; and the lineage of beasts with long printers braces. All produced in the same building to the most exacting standards.
Today, Cupiss offers everyday printing for the people of Diss, but are also a beacon of letterpress printing.
John and Richard run a commercial concern — this isn’t a working museum or a hobby printer’s set-up gone too far. While they are still printing, please do keep them up and running. The set up and Richard’s expertise and easy manner will be a remarkable head-start for any new letterpress printer and the day of tuition/experience would be a great investment for any printer.
Thank you, Cupiss Printers, for showing us around!