How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
After graduating from college, I had a fellowship to study and work in Germany for a year. A friend and I happened to go to Mainz one weekend—that’s where the Gutenberg Museum has a working letterpress-print shop. A few weeks later, I wrote and asked if they accepted interns, and they did, so I moved to Mainz. I worked there for six months, and learned how to set type and print from guys who had spent their whole careers in print shops as pressmen, stonemen, or compositors before offset printing edged them out. It was great: the shop has hundreds of cases of type, and I could print whatever I wanted. I once printed a birth announcement for a princess, which was neat. I had no idea at the time that I had found my calling in life; even after I returned to the U.S., and realized that letterpress was happening here, I still only knew the basics of the history of printing and the craft of letterpress—and I knew nothing about running a small business. That was 12 years ago; I’ve been in business for eight years now.
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