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Hearing the word vintage brings up images of trendy “retro” items being sold at small, often overpriced boutiques in the hippest parts of town. From clothing and jewelry, to records and even now cassette tapes, this trend for appreciating the leftover remnants of simpler times has been growing for years. What is generally not imagined, however, is vintage print shop machines. As the generation that first made “retro” popular starts to get married and have children, demand has popped up for authentic vintage feel invitations, announcements, and other printed items. When Nancy Hill and Beverly Wolfe found a listing on Craigslist from a long-time print shop closing its doors, they knew they had hit the jackpot. The machines, including a letterpress and a paper cutter, dating back as far as 1922, were the backbone for their new business Hazel and Violet INK.

 

Here is selection from “Hazel and Violet INK’s Vintage Printing and Modern Inspiration“, by Carrie Wheeler with the Phoenix New Times Blogs:

The women’s work flow is pretty close to how it was done a hundred years ago; they feed each page, by hand, into their 1922 Chandler & Price letterpress they affectionately call “Beauty.”

Most of their work has a decidedly vintage feel, after all, most of their equipment comes from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. “We have stuff from later years,” says Hill, “we’re just not as excited about it.” They have cases and cases of type in different sizes and fonts, plus some hard-to-find wooden type. At one point, they had so much extra type that they unloaded a bunch to the ASU print shop.

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Hillside Group, the Rochdale-based print and design company, has added a wide-format digital press and laminator to its offering, to enable it to create integrated marketing campaigns.

Hillside has installed a Roland DG SolJet PRO III XC-540, 54in-wide press, along with a laminator, supplied by North West Paper, a subsidiary of The Paper Company.

The new press can deliver a print resolution of 1,440dpi and can be used on jobs such as vehicle graphics, signs, point-of-purchase materials, banners and labels.

The company already has kit including two Komori litho presses, a six-colour B2 and five-colour B3, as well as an Océ VarioStream 9000 high-volume digital press.

The decision to invest was made by Hillside Group managing director, Peter Moore, after he saw it in action at an event held in early April by North West Paper, at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Moore said: “Print technologies do not exist in isolation. They are complementary because most marketing campaigns require a range of printed products and services.

“The wide format Roland DG machine gives us the ability to offer integrated campaigns, which may have an element of conventional offset print, personalised and short-run print from our digital presses, as well as wide-format work.”

Previously, the company had been outsourcing poster work, creating up to £13,000 in lost revenues last year, and so it is hoped the new investment will enable the company to keep these revenues in house, as well as developing new income streams.

Moore said that the new press and laminator would also cut down on the time it takes to deliver jobs.

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