Retro wooden pencil box

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When I saw this retro wooden pencil box in a vintage market in Gloucestershire, I couldn’t believe my luck; I’d been looking for one for a long time! I used to have a pencil box just like this when I was very young so it immediately brought back a lot of memories. They were quite…

Stationary stationery

For many, the noun ‘stationery’ is one of those tricky spelling-bee words, that trips people up when confused with the adjective ‘stationary’. But where does the word stationery come from? While writing on paper has been around since Ancient Egypt, the term ‘stationery’ can be be traced back to medieval England, when in the 13-14th…

Letterpress

Letterpress

Stationery connoisseurs know that letterpress printing is the original machine based printing method, but today it forms only a small niche produced by highly skilled artisans. However, for those who are not familiar with it here is brief introduction. Letterpress traces its roots back to Gutenberg, where machine presses were used to ‘relief print’ or…