Thoughts & Curiosities

Chandler & Price and the Ghost of Benjamin Franklin

Here at Hoban Cards we love our Chandler & Price letterpresses. We have three of these hardworking beauties, and do the vast majority of our printing on them. We thought it would be fun to delve into the history of these iconic American machines. Read More →

What is a Photopolymer Letterpress Plate?

Photopolymer plates help us bridge the gap between a 15th century printing method and 21st century typesetting. Take a peek into our process and learn about the many benefits of photopolymer! Read More →

Profile: Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Angnese are an amazing couple from North Carolina who have both supported Hoban Cards for a long time. Since they are a New York Times’ bestselling author and an award-winning author respectively, it was incredibly fun chatting with them about the way their relationship influences their writing. Read until the end to see a little story that was pitched centered around Hoban Press! Read More →

Putting Pen to Paper: Victorian Era Stationery

Handwritten notes and letters reached peak popularity during the second half of the 19th century. It was truly an art form, shrouded in strict etiquette (what wasn’t during the Victorian era?) and common practice for many middle and upper-class men and women. This post sets aside most of the etiquette and briefly outlines what Victorian era stationery actually looked like and what it was used for. Read More →

The Qualities of Letterpress Paper

Inspired by craftsmanship and the tiny details, the choice of paper is paramount to quality letterpress printing. Read More →

Our Letterpress Process

From a digital file to the final packaging, this short, fast paced video gives you a glimpse of the process we go through to produce our letterpress printed calling cards at Hoban Cards. Read More →

The Business Cards of American Psycho

Over the years of designing and printing business cards and calling cards, there is one famous card that is referenced time and time again. This card’s celebrity status comes from a three-minute movie scene and is visible for about four seconds, yet it has become one of our most requested cards. It is, of course, Paul Allen’s Pierce & Pierce business card from the 2000 horror/thriller film, American Psycho.

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A Guide to the Modern Letterpress Calling Card

At Hoban Cards, we hope to re-introduce the historical concept of the calling card as a much-needed token of authenticity. Read More →

The Difference Between Font and Typeface

Terminology surrounding typography has morphed and found its place in our modern day vernacular. The terms "typeface" and "font" are used interchangeably today, but how did we get there? Read More →

Profile: Hilary McCandless-Beard

Hilary McCandless-Beard lives in Colorado Springs and creates stunning minimal ceramic tableware. Her work immediately caught my eye when we created some calling cards for her a couple years ago. Read More →

Profile: Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry is a writer who's released three novels. She's written for The New York Times Book Review, Glamour, and, among others. She also works on her own publication called Guillotine – an erratically published chapbook series Read More →

2018 Newsletter Drawing

If you are a newsletter subscriber, you're automatically entered into our 2018 monthly drawing for a $100 gift certificate. After subscribing, there are other ways to increase your chances of winning. Here are some simple steps: Read More →

Meet Our Letterpresses

Over the last 7 years we've collected 4 letterpresses, ranging in manufacturing years from 1902-1970. Each press has a special use in our shop and a unique story of how we acquired them. Read More →

Customer Rewards Program

Today we are announcing a simple customer rewards program that automatically credits your account balance with 5% back on each order! Read More →

Profile: Adam Mason

Adam Mason travels the world as a wedding and event photographer, capturing moments for happy couples, people he meets on the road, and big names like Tesla and Facebook alike. Adam is also a past client of ours, and today we’re talking to him about working as a freelance photographer, letterpress printing, and podcasting. Read More →

Profile: The Dogist

If you're a dog lover, you might already be a fan of Elias Weiss Friedman, better known as, The Dogist. Working primarily in New York City, he documents the varied and spectacular dogs who live there. His portraits are taken at dog's eye view and have captured the faces of thousands of dogs over the past few years. Read More →

Calling Cards and Visiting Cards: A Brief History

Calling cards, also called visiting cards, visiting tickets, or compliments cards, originated in their paper and ink form in France in the 18th century and their popularity quickly spread across Europe and the United Kingdom. Read More →

Hoban Cards Affiliate Program

In the past, we've had many customers ask us how they can spread the word, or further support Hoban Cards. Today we're announcing an affiliate program that allows Hoban Cards' customers an opportunity to earn commission by sharing a link. Read More →