10 line Cooper Black Condensed

Because letterpress is a relief printing process, the letters or images must be wrong-reading to transfer a right-reading image. This Cooper Black Condensed capital O – the actual block – looks like it was created by cutting an italic O from the center.

Manufacturer’s imprint, Hamilton, Two Rivers, Wis. This version of the Hamilton imprint in use after 1891. This stamp is found on the side of the capital A’s of the font (the image is rotated 180 degrees to show the stamp right side up). The darker portion of the block is the beard (see the May 29 post). Repeated inking and cleaning over time changes the color of the wood.