The Tricycle Printing Press

I found this idea today in Leonard De Vries’ book, Victorian Inventions, and honestly I wish someone would revisit it. Pictured below is a mobile printing press that roamed the streets of Paris in 1895, leaving short advertisements along the sidewalks. It worked by feeding ink onto the lettered tires from a tank behind the driver’s seat. A fan positioned between the ink rollers would then blow dust away from the wet lettering. So many possibilities.

Bookbinding Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 12th

So, it’s official; I’m making a pilgrimage down to the Ashville Bookworks in North Carolina to learn about quarter leather notebooks (provided the class doesn’t get canceled or anything). After my all-too-brief foray into coptic binding last weekend at the Eliot School in my native Boston, I’m excited to advance my limited knowledge of book construction. In any case, I can’t wait to visit what is rumored to be a lovely area of the Carolinas! In later posts I will hopefully have some actual useful information on the binding process, but for now I’m going to post a current list of the places in the U.S. that I found offering lessons. Sometimes it takes a little bit of digging, but there are more people who know about the process here in the states than I thought, and often local private binderies seem willing to offer lessons by request as well. Here’s to get you started, if you’ve ever wanted to learn about bookbinding: