Etsy Treasury: Backwards Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

!enoyreve yaD sdrawkcaB yappH (Don’t worry, I won’t make you read any more of this backwards…)

Today is Backwards Day! A day where it’s perfectly acceptable to do whatever it is that you’re doing backwards! Though I suppose if you drove your car around town in reverse, that could be a problem… This gave me the perfect opportunity to explore on of my favorite things: printer’s blocks!

As a fan of print and paper, I’ve been interested in printing methods for a long time. It’s a shame that in this digital age, we’re losing good, quality printers left and right. Thankfully, some old-school printing methods are experiencing a bit of a renaissance, particularly letterpress. It’s a method that uses plates with raised areas that collect ink and deposit it onto the paper with the help of pressure. You can have plates with all the text and imagery already set, or you can use individual letters, numbers and punctuation, either cast in metal or carved from wood, to spell out your message.

A couple years back, I came *thisclose* to buying a tabletop 8×12 Sigwalt letterpress. The only thing that stopped me was the idea of having it freighted from the other side of the country, and prospect of getting a 300-pound piece of steel down the rickety stairs into my basement (unfortunately, the only place it could go). If I planned on staying put forever that would be one thing, but I hate my apartment and plan on buying a house as soon as it’s financially feasible. I knew getting that thing back UP the stairs would be too much adventure for my tastes.

I pored through Etsy and found some gorgeous examples of this element of past printing technology to represent things being backwards, since they’re always made in mirror image—that way the final printed piece will read correctly. While creating this very nice collection, I was reminded me that I do still want to buy a letterpress. One day, I swear. One day.

Have a look through some of these beautiful vintage items, and see some of the other antique treasures these shops have to offer! And don’t forget to have a gander at some of my other Every Day is a Holiday here!

Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!


“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

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