History of Letterpress Printing

What is letterpress printing?

Letterpress printing, most simply described, is: Pressing paper onto wood and metal letters and hand-carved images, with ink in between. It is a process that revolutionized printing and made possible mass communication in the Western Hemisphere beginning in the middle 1400's. This process dominated as the most efficient form of commercial printing until the mid-twentieth century when it was replaced by offset printing. Today, in this digital era, many consider the results of letterpress printing unrivaled for its subtleties of texture and color; Hatch Show Print carries on this centuries old process with a 21st century design sensibility.