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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 →

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 →

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. Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →