Archive for June, 2009

Nobody’s Perfect

25 June 2009

ReflectionAt the end of Some Like It Hot Tony Curtis tells Joe E Brown that he can’t marry him because he’s really a man. Brown replies that nobody’s perfect.

We’re put in mind of that scene when we come up against one of the few disadvantages of our wonderful Pinchin Street premises: when the sun shines we’re almost blinded by reflections from the cars parked over the road.

As well as being about as close to cinematic perfection as possible, Some Like It Hot is the name of a fabulous CD by Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums featuring Carmen Getit.

Cropper treadle platen

23 June 2009

cropperThis Acme Cropper treadle platen used to be in Bruton Museum in Somerset. They no longer have room for it, and Lucy and Robert Carter have given it a temporary home. They would like to pass it on, together with some type, to someone who can use it.

If you’re interested please contact Lucy.

Tipoteca Italiana

8 June 2009

DCCformeThe weekend before last Phil had the good fortune to visit the Tipoteca Italiana in Cornuda, northern Italy. This remarkable museum, founded by Silvio Antiga, is built around a large collection of historic Italian printing material. For the last fifteen years or so Silvio and his colleagues have been traveling round the country, talking to printers, photographing them and collecting type and machinery. This is restored magnificently in their own workshop, and some of it is on display. The building itself is a former rope works that has been restored and adapted with wonderful taste and sensitivity.

One of the things that shines through is a high a regard for the printers themselves, as well as for the tools of their trade. The place is a must for anyone interested in printing and its past. It has the added attraction of its location in the Veneto, close to both Venice and the equally spectacular plain and Dolomite mountains.

For those who can’t get there the museum have published A Story of Character, a book of their first ten years. Written by Sandro Berra, their genial director, it has over three hundred beautiful photographs superbly printed on uncoated paper by Silvio’s other enterprise, Graffiche Antiga.

You can see more of Phil’s photographs here.