John the Type Snob Blog

First of All

So, with help from my newest apprentice, Kevin Cates, I present you my blog. I’m new at this and I’ll probably fumble around for awhile. My intent is to show some of the stuff I print, express my opinions about letterpress printing and printing in general, and maybe rant a bit. I’ll also post a lot of equipment that I would like to find good homes for.
I probably should start with a bit of an autobiography for those who don’t know me already. Born in 1947, a “baby boomer.” Raised mostly in Arkansas. Got into printing in high school and stuck with it all my life. Made my living in the trade for 35 years. Had the good fortune to retire early, in the 1980s. Started collecting letterpress type and presses just because I love the craft. I love setting type, looking at type, arranging type, using type.

I established a private press sometime around 1984 mostly to print notepads and stationery for friends and relations. I got involved with the American Amateur Press Association about that time and published a little journal I called The Leadstacker. I joined the Amalgamated Printers’ Association in 1985. Sometime in the early 1990s I changed the name of my press to Shooting Star Press and have been using that name ever since. If you Google Shooting Star Press you’ll get a bunch of hits about a wrestling move. I don’t have anything to do with that!

One of my more popular posters