Today we visited a house in Minburn, Iowa. The basement was filled from floor to ceiling with lead and wooden type, letter press, paints and awesomeness.
Rick was a amazing host. He kept us on our feet and listening from 9:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon.
One of the coolest thing was he created a set for us, that allowed us to make our own posters. Meaning we were allowed to touch and use his press. We were allowed to mark up the plate with ink and turn the handle to mark the paper.
Located in the slideshow above are some images of his shop that was set up in his basement.
One of my favorite things, I could not get enough of was the printer's drawers. Every inch of his large space was filled with printer's drawers that were filled with hundreds and thousands of fonts and faces.
I am thinking about joining a women's chapter for letterpress. I have a few collections of myself. I doubt I will ever have a collection as amazing as his. He said he may have the largest collection not in a museum or at least in the top five for the United States. As you can see above, this has to be true. He had buckets on the floor just filled with type.
I had an amazing time today. I know I have used the word amazing too many times, but it truly was. I was in typographic/letterpress heaven. Nothing could have been more cool. We also received some posters. I will upload photos of those at a later date.