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A History of Known Typos at Paper Souvenir

I printed five stickers to raise money for the clean-up efforts following the BP oil spill in 2010. A month ago, a major spelling error was pointed out to me on one of the stickers. Now, these stickers have been widely posted and circulated, and no one, for two years, saw the typo. Makes me think of all the other typos out there. It is hard when you are setting type, there is no spell check, and you have to #1 have a proofreader, and #2, trust that person.

So, see if you can spot the typos, which are all the ones I know about in my work:


Go see POSTED an exhibition of lettepress work that I juried at The Printmaking Council of New Jersey! August 18 – October 13, 2012

Here’s the statement about the show:

On July 4, 1776, a handwritten document was delivered to John Dunlop’s print shop in Philadelphia. Approximately twenty-four hours later, 200 letterpress printed copies of this document, The Declaration of Independence, were ready to distribute to the thirteen colonies. In 1776, letterpress printing was the most immediate way to spread important news.

Since 1776, many artists have continued to use letterpress printing to respond to situations around them in serial print form, without delay. Letterpress printing allows for unusual access to the publishing: once an idea for book or broadside is conceived and paper in acquired, production can begin immediately, and a printed response to an event can be distributed that day (not unlike what happened in 1776).

From the protests for democracy in Egypt and Syria, to the Occupy movement; from the tsunami in Japan; to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and the battle for reproductive and gay rights, we live in a time of constant “event”. Because of the increasing saturation of media via the internet, we know about events happening on the other side of the world almost instantaneously. How have artists used letterpress printing to respond to events that have affected them? “Posted” is a juried exhibit of letterpress printed work, which was created in direct response to the myriad of events happening around the world.