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Playing Favorites: Our Favorite Historical Typefaces (Part I)

In the spirit of embracing some of the history around us, today’s post takes a look at the typographical history in some of our calling cards. We love beautiful typefaces old and new equally, but digging into the history of the classics can be very interesting!

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’ve posted glamour shots of our presses here, but for this post, we thought it would be fun to delve into the history of these iconic American machines.

What is a Photopolymer Letterpress Plate?

Here at Hoban Cards we use photopolymer plates for all our printing. If you've placed an order with us, you've probably noticed us talking about making your printing plate, or that we save your plate for future discounted reorders, but have you ever been curious about what exactly a photopolymer plate is? Read a bit further to learn more about this versatile printing matrix and how it's used at Hoban Cards.

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!

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.

The Qualities of Letterpress Paper

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 Refinery29.com, among others. She also works on her own publication called Guillotine – an erratically published chapbook series.

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.

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.

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.

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.