You might have visited this site looking for help to get rid of letterpress equipment. You’ll find that there are people always starting letterpress and so a steady stream of potential recipients for what you have. If you encounter a particular problem, or would like more specific help in disposing of type and equipment, feel free to contact me
The first step is to establish what you have. You might have a press, type and some other bits and pieces. It would be wise to make a note of everything and decide what you want to keep, what you want to pass on what you want to throw away. Printers will always want to know what’s on the front of your type cases.
You’ll need to decide how you will dispose and what you want from it. On the question of ‘how’, you need to decide whether to dispose in one lump — get rid of everything at once — or if you can afford the time and space to allow people to be selective.
The biggest question is ‘what do I want from this?, and this falls in to some groups –
- I want to make money: you should look to list your equipment on the web, on a site like eBay or BriarPress. This will attract the biggest audience and drive prices up
- I want it to be used by someone starting letterpress: I’d suggest contacting one of the organisations allied to printing and its preservation to get the word-of-mouth contacts
- I want it to be preserved: unfortunatley printing equipment is not a fashionable artefact for many museums and few will accept it. Start with your local Council’s museum service
Executing the Strategy
Regardless of the path you take, there are key things anyone will want to know about what you have –
- What’s included?
- How much room does it take up?
- If type is available, the faces and sizes (normally shown on the front of the type case)
- How accessible the things are (is it in a damp shed at the end of a dirt track; or in an awkward doorway?)
- If a press is involved be prepared to give an estimate of weight and the condition of the rollers