Behind the Scenes at Peculiar Pair Press


[Alyson Kuhn] Mary Beth Fiorentino and Amy Hayson worked together in the graphic design department of a Big Corporation in San Francisco. Shortly after their department was downsized in 2001, Mary Beth and Amy flew off to Mexico {with the other four women from their team}. On that very trip, they decided to open a letterpress business.

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From Martinez with love


Today is my friend Sheryn’s birthday, her sixty-sixth, and I mailed her birthday card to Kentucky on Friday with eleven 6¢ stamps. But this envelope is obviously not that envelope. As it happens, yesterday was Sheryn’s retirement party, and Bill and Nancy and I sent her this Express Mail envelope for Saturday delivery, bearing a hilarious Shoebox Greetings card and the lyrics to “I’ll Be Retiring in the Morning,” to the tune of “I’m Getting Married in the Morning” from My Fair Lady. We didn’t know it’s her least favorite melody from her very favorite musical.

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Lovin’ the mail: Egg Press


[Tracy Smith] Eleven o’clock a.m. happens to be my favorite time of the day. Not only is lunch one short hour away, but it’s also when our mail is delivered. Mail time is often exciting because we receive unexpected packages – from people who a

re eager to share the great print work they are doing. Last week I received such a package from Egg Press.

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Otterly Charming


[Alyson Kuhn] My current favorite children’s book is Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Both the illustrations and the dialogue are punny, promoting the Golden Rule at every page turn. The action begins when a family of otters moves in next door to Mr. Rabbit. But even before I saw one of the otters carrying a carton labeled otts and ends, the colophon cracked me up.

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Creativille’s X-cellent Letterpress Birthday Party


[Alyson Kuhn] Creativille is the name of Steve Hartman’s design studio in Edwardsville, Illinois. Edwardsville is where Steve grew up; it is also home to the Edwardsville Art Center, founded in 1999. To celebrate Creativille’s tenth year in business this September, Steve has found a way to put his party where his passion is.

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HOW to see TDC55 & TDC2


[Tracy Smith] Last week at the HOW conference, I saw the Type Directors Club traveling exhibition of the 2009 winners in their two annual competitions. TDC55 is a design competition using type, and TDC2 is a type design competition. Both shows featured an impressive collection of winners – every piece was amazing in its own right, and to see them all together was incredible.

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