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Damn, its been over a month since I posted last. Oops. Well, things have been sorta busy and complicated over here at Lock and Key Press and in my personal life. Amazing how much can happen in a few short weeks!
I don’t have anything new printed because I’ve been working a little on-the-side job which doesn’t pay much but is a lot of work. I also have an on-going project with a friend in Chicago that has recently demanded most of my attention. I’ll most likely be moving back for the summer to complete this endeavor. Let me tell you a bit about it:
Mr. Meers is a life long resident of Logan square in Chicago. I lived around the corner from him for a few years and we struck up a wonderful friendship because he is also a printer! He’s the Oldest of the Old-School. He’s 89 and has been printing since the 1930s. He saw the advent of, well, everything we take for granted these days: cars, phones, electric light, photo type setting and the computer. He’s an amazing old guy who has had a fabulous life!
Anyway, he’s been acquiring equipment for 60 some odd years and just stashing most of it in his buildings he owns. He was printing regularly up until about 7 or 8 years ago when his body just started to quit. He can’t stand for long periods of time and now, his wife has had some health problems as needs to be in a rest home until Mr. Meers daughter can move him down to North Carolina so that Mr. and Mrs. Meers have family nearby to care for them.
In the mean-time, I’m selling, cataloging and trying to document as best I can this extensive collection and parts of Mr. Meers’s life. Its a HUGE undertaking and will take me away from printing for the summer, but is too important a project to pass up.
If you want to see some pictures of the letterpress collection, visit my flickr page! If you are interested in making a trip to Chicago for letterpress printing supplies, leave me a comment or email me directly.