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Letterpress in Oklahoma



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Sue Clancy,

I, too, have been interested in letterpress and have been researching it for
the past 6 months or so. I've had the opportunity to do a little bit of
letterpress work but now I want to amass all the stuff necessary to do it in
my basement -- we are crazy aren't we?

I'm in Kansas City, MO, so I've saved the message below that was posted on
the LETPRESS listserv back in August. (My apologies for the cross-post
without the permission of the author . . . but you could have dug this up on
the LETPRESS archives at http://listserv.unb.ca/bin/wa?S1=letpress). This
sounds like a great opportunity for you to check out the process and see if
you want to jump headlong into letterpress.

Chuck

> ----------
> From:         leland whitson md
> Reply To:     Letterpress Discussion List
> Sent:         Saturday, August 18, 2001 6:42 PM
> To:   LETPRESS@LISTSERV.UNB.CA
> Subject:      GUTHRIE OK
>
> A few months ago I posted a request for printing related sites that I
> could visit while at a medical meeting in Oklahoma City.  I want to
> thank the folks that suggested that I visit the STATE CAPITAL PUBLISHING
> MUSEUM in Guthrie an short 26 miles north of OKC.  I had sent a letter
> to the museum requesting information and received some nice brochures
> about all that goes on there along with a card from a personable chap
> named Phillip Washburn.  Last Friday I rented a car in OKC and called
> Phillip for directions.  He was most helpful, "Just get off at the first
> Guthrie exit come on down town and turn left at the second light.  Go to
> the end of that street and you'll see us, the big building on the left.
> Parking won't be a problem.  As a matter of fact if you want to bring in
> a semi, there will be plenty of room."  I got there easily by 9:30 am
> and parked across the street from this beautiful 4 story Victorian brick
> building that houses the museum.  Philip was most kind and gave me a
> personal tour with an ongoing history lesson on the plant and it's
> conversion to a museum.  I shot up 4 rolls of 35 mm film during my 2
> hour visit and enjoyed it very much.  The State Capital Publishing
> Company operated here from 1902 - 1974 printing school books, legal
> forms, state printing and selling stationary products.  There are rows
> of platen and cylinder presses along with Linotypes, a Ludlow, a rule
> and slug caster on the ground level.  Numerous operating exhibits are on
> the main floor that are used in a number of different programs offered
> to school visitors.  I would recommend  visiting the museum and
> allotting enough time to see the rest of Guthrie.  It is a town that
> seems to be frozen in time circa 1892.  I had time to also see the Drug
> Store Museum and that was about all.  If I had the opportunity to see
> Guthrie again, I would want to spend  at least the whole day visiting
> the various sights they have to offer.
>
> Their address:
>
> Oklahoma Historical Society
> State Capital Publishing Museum
> 301 W. Harrison
> Guthrie, OK 73044
> (405) 282-4123
>
>
> DOC WHITSON
> Docent
> Int'l. Printing Museum
> Carson, California
>
>

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