The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic was yesterday and, in honor of the occasion, Starshaped Press has created this amazing broadside, the first in a series of self-promotional pieces that showcase the beauty of letterpress printing with antique metal and wood type.
The piece was created to look like an advertisement for the Titanic, but with 100 years of hindsight – so, a touch of humor here and there – and features turn of the century type from Starshaped Press’ incredible collection. Most of the type used to print this letterpress piece is from the late 19th century through 1912, the year the ship sank. And the reverse features an offset printed photograph of the forme so we can see how the piece was built.
This is just the first in a series – 3 additional pieces will be released this year – and I am very much looking forward to seeing what’s next.
images from Starshaped Press