This beauty right here.
I’ve had my eyes on my own press for years.
Actually, for decades.
Ever since a chance errand while playing wedding planner for a friend caused me to stumble into a printer’s garage filled with machinery in 2006.
That’s how long.
Now, thanks to one successful Kickstarter and tons of amazing fellow letterpress lovers, this baby is mine.
She’s a Golding Pearl Improved No. 11 platen press. The creation of William Hughson Golding, who started Golding & Co., in the Fort Hill area of Boston, Pearl is estimated to have been born between 1908 and 1912.
Weighing in at roughly 800 pounds, Pearl is small but mighty. And that’s what I love most about her.
When I started researching presses, and then really searching the country for one to bring home, I kept coming back to the smaller footprint of the Goldings. She’s the perfect size for all my letterpress plans and she’s also the perfect size for the alcove in my office.
It’s like Pearl and I were meant to be!
The best part? Pearl has been lovingly restored and will require no refurbishing. She and I can start printing together the second she rolls on into Dallas. Even better, Pearl will be home with me by the end of June.
I can’t wait to share with you all the adventures Pearl and I get into—especially as she makes her way up North to Pretty Peptalks HQ from Southern Texas. And I can’t wait to see all the pretty pep talks you send after they’ve been magically created using this more than 100 year old machine.
Welcome Pearl, everyone!