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Family Estate Sale Day

My mom's birthday was this month, and her requests for birthday activities were estate sales and dinner. (Can't go wrong!)

It was our first estate sale day with the whole family together, and it was a major success! We found tons of fun things, including this 100+ year old desk that we're in the process of refinishing.

Among many other things (most of which have gone right into little still lifes around our home and studio), we brought home this United Airlines ad from 1975. It's a goofy caricature of life on the West coast, and we love it! It may end up getting framed and hung at home. We've got a mid-century modern meets wild west theme going on right now, and this will fit in perfectly.

Linoleum isn't just for floors.

Recently my "picker" parents and lil' sis found these vintage Speedball linoleum tools at an estate sale. There's nothing better than antiques that are unused and still 100% useful!

I chose linoleum cut as the production method for my Cosmic Sans piece. The letterpress printer side of me was excited to use a handmade method for the entirety of my piece. I sketched it out on paper, then onto the linoleum block, and got to carving!


My letter is M for McNally and also Meteor! I was inspired by traditional engravings of meteor showers like this one. Growing up, I remember many nights laying on a lawn chair in the front yard with my parents, watching the shooting stars. They were such mysterious nights - being little and outside during hours I'd never seen before. I was always half excited and half terrified. Nighttime was magical when I was a child. I think that's why I still love space - it's mysterious and exciting and scary. It's something we can't know completely. I love that.


Want to see the finished piece? Come to our Cosmic Sans opening! This will be one of 26 never-before-seen space & sci-fi inspired art prints. Each will be sold via silent auction to benefit 826 Seattle, inspiring kids to learn and write.

Photos by Jenny Linquist.

Vintage Finds: My Bike

Summer has slowly made its way to Seattle, and for the first time since I was little, the warm weather means bike rides!

A couple months ago (when spring was here and we were eagerly awaiting summer), we found the sweetest blue bike in the basement of an estate sale in our neighborhood. I had an instant crush on this bike. It's everything a bike should be! We initially walked away from the house (we certainly hadn't budgeted to get me a bike, nor did we bring enough cash), but I was really sad to leave it behind. I just kept thinking about the two of us riding bikes all summer...and it was too sweet a thought to give up! Brad (who loves me a ton) negotiated the seller down to a somewhat manageable price, and we took my new/old bike home!


She's a bright blue 1973 Schwinn Speedster, made originally for boys. (But an adult woman is the size of a medium boy, right? Whatever.) She got chrome fenders, all original parts (minus one nut that we replaced), and a lot of style. We've had a ton of fun so far, going on bike adventures in our neighborhood and riding to the farmer's market to fill my basket (it's brand new, so not in the photos) with fresh fruit & veggies. I love every season in Seattle, but with a bike and some sunshine... summer really can't be beat.


Our good friend Josh did this linoleum carving awhile back, and we've been so crazy busy that it hadn't gotten printed. But once my bike obsession kicked in, it was certainly time to drop everything and make this fun bike print! The carving is all Josh, the tag line is all Brad, and when it was time for me to print it, I color matched the ink to my bike!


Want to celebrate a summer of cycling in your home? Our new bike print is available on our Etsy store. Bike photos from my Instagram stream, the only way I'm documenting life at the moment.

The Book of American Types

A few weeks ago, we went to an estate sale that listed a printing press among the items for sale (jackpot!). We didn't come home with the press (it was a Chandler & Price 8x12 just like ours, and in a basement), but we did find some really great printer's items to bring home.

Our favorite find of the trip was this Book of American Types from 1941 by the American Type Founders. This book was used to market and sell lead type to the printers of America. The American Type Founders (often shortened to ATF) was established in 1892 by the merger of 23 type foundries, representing about 85% of all type manufactured in the United States. ATF was the dominant American manufacturer of metal type from its creation in 1892 until at least the 1940s, and continued to be influential into the 1960s.


The ATF Seattle branch is listed in the back of the book as "Western Ave. & Columbia." I totally geeked out when I read that line. Our studio is in a building on Western Avenue between Yesler & Columbia streets - so the Seattle ATF office was right next door! I love we are in such a historic neighborhood.


Here is some info from the foreward: How to keep specimen books up to date is a problem that has beset type founder since the inception of their art. Popular taste may decree one design obsolete at the same time it is creating a vogue for another not yet cut, and the very format of specimen books develops with the needs of a constantly developing industry...


...Thus we quote the 1882 specimen book of Bruce's New York Type Foundry to say that "In this New Edition of our Specimen Book we show only Fonts of Printing Types, rejecting from it all that are too antiquated for the present taste." Thus, too, newer faces are shown in a supplement which is a more modern in conception and, we hope, more convenient in use...


...Through all these changes in taste, however, one factor continues constant- the quality of ATF type. No matter what the face it reproduces, nor how it is shown, traditionally high standards of workmanship and materials assure its right to be called "the best in any case."


The last page of the book gives the following info about it's creation: This type specimen book was printed on No. 2 Kelly Presses equipped with ATF Non-Offset Guns...two of many pieces of Equipment developed for the graphic arts industries by American Type Founders, Elizabeth New Jersey.


Here's some more copy from the book's interior: Foundry type- precision cast and hand set for perfect spacing- adds the distinguishing touch of artistry which gives a printed piece the appeal on which success often depends. Measured in terms of reader-interest, economy often results from the wise selection of an ATF foundry-cast type face for body copy as well as display.


We'll be moving soon to a larger studio (still in Pioneer Square - I swear, more details are coming soon), and one of the things we really excited about is having more space for type cases. We can't wait to expand our collection of vintage type & imagery. Too bad we can't cruise over to the ATF store and pick some up!