about our equipment
An on-site library offers books for inspiration and information on letterpress and bookbinding, as well as an active collection of printing samples that range across incunabula, Hatch Show Prints, and work representing a number of other contemporary letterpress studios and book artists.
The range of Lead Graffiti equipment, often with an ark-like quality and 2 of most important pieces, is ideal for working on projects both large and small. Depending on the job, printing forms can be created from our broad collection of metal and wood type, or created digitally and ordered as photopolymer plates or copperplates. Our presses vary in size from tabletop presses designed for business cards to our 25" x 38" Hoe iron handpress. With handcranked, foot treadle and motorized presses, there's bound to be one that suits your speed, inclinations, and the job.
Feel free to drop us an email and tell us when you are going to be in town or just driving through Delaware. We are about 2 easy miles off I-95 and, if you do it right, you can avoid paying the $4 toll at the Delaware / Maryland border while only going a few miles out of your way.
R. Hoe Washington #5 | purchasedthrough LetPress
25" x 38" platen (c. 1869)
Harrild & Sons Albion | purchased from the Museum of Printing, N. Andover, MA
21" x 29" platen / Super Royal (1928)
serial number 8112
original owner: Labratory Press,
Carnegie Institute of Technology
Vandercook SP-15 | eBay
14" x 18" image area (14.75" x 20" paper size)
Vandercook Universal III automatic | purchased from friend
18" x 24" image area (18.75" x 28" paper size)
Miehle V-50 | purchased from Bird & Bull Press
14" x 20" page size
Heidelberg windmill | given to us by Dentsply
10 x 15
Chandler & Price | purchased from David Rose
10 x 15 (motorized)
Golding | Mike | belongs to friend
8 x 12 (treadle)
C & P Pilot | came with purchase of type collection
C & P Pilot West German clone | purchased from friend
Craftsman Superior | purchased from friend
plus Kelsey Excelsior, Kelsey Victor, and half dozen other small presses
Intertype C4 (30 pica) | purchased through LetPres
with approximately 65 magazines, 200 typefaces,
100 borders, and hundreds of special characters.
The serial number is 26,476 and the machine was
originally shipped in late 1956.
20.5" computer-controlled electric paper
cutter | purchased from friend
32" rotary guillotine paper cutter | given to us by Hagley Museum & Library
36" board shears | purchased from Philadelphia
24" Rosback perforator | belongs to friend
lead saw | belongs to friend
paper drill | belongs to friend