Beatrice Warde was an original typographical scholar, a practicing typographer and a calligrapher of elegance. For over 30 years she edited the Recorder and the Monotype Newsletter as The Monotype Corporation’s publicity manager. She was Stanley Morison’s inseparable and incomparable lieutenant in the great work of Britain’s typographical renaissance and she was beyond peer as a public expositor, and propagandist for, good typography.
Ms. Warde penned a broadside in 1932 called This is a Printing Office to promote Perpetua titling capitals which were draw by Eric Gill (of Gill Sans fame) and modeled on the lettering found on Trajan’s Column in Rome. This eloquent tribute has since been found on the walls of numerous printing offices, has been cast in bronze and mounted at the entrance to the United States Government Printing Office in Washington, D. C., and has been translated into numerous languages.
Now the famous broadside has been used once again by the Ladies of Letterpress.
The certificate was designed by Todd Thyberg of Angel Bomb Design in Minneapolis, MN (Todd also designed the Ladies of Letterpress logo) and printed by Jessica C. White of Heroes & Criminals Press in Asheville, NC on Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress, Ultimate White 111 cover.
The quote has become a 3-color letterpressed 2014 membership certificate embellished by images of tools from the trade and flourishes highlighting both the words and the box for writing in the member’s name.
Ladies of Letterpress is an international trade organization for letterpress printers and print enthusiasts. Its mission is to promote the art and craft of letterpress printing and to encourage the voice and vision of women printers.
Founded in 2007 by Jessica C. White, owner of Heroes & Criminals Press and Kseniya Thomas, owner of Thomas-Printers in Carlisle, PA, they strive to maintain the cultural legacy of fine press printing while advancing it as a living, contemporary art form as well as a viable commercial printing method.
Ladies of Letterpress has become a community where you can read about adventures in commercial, fine press, art and zine printing, ask for advice and learn from other printers, share resources, and get inspiration for your own business and work — all for the love of letterpress.