Archives for January 2017

On this day: 1st ever edition of the Scotsman

The Scots­man is 200 years old today. The first ever edi­tion of The Scots­man, or Edin­burgh Polit­i­cal and Lit­er­ary Jour­nal was pro­duced on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 25 1817, from premis­es in Edinburgh’s High Street. It was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished week­ly, and became a dai­ly news­pa­per in 1850. The pro­pri­etors announced that their ‘first desire is to be […]

Life in Letterpress

There is a major ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion cov­er­ing Alan Kitching’s life and work, span­ning six decades cur­rent­ly in progress at the Light­house Gallery in Glas­gow. Called A life in let­ter­press it includes exam­ples of his work, sketch­books, proofs, arte­facts and equip­ment from his stu­dio. The exhi­bi­tion is on until 5 March 2017.

Tragara Press print shop

The crown folio Arab press owned and run by the late Alan Ander­son of the Tra­gara Press, is being offered for dis­pos­al — prefer­ably as a whole, with­in Scot­land. It was in reg­u­lar use until his death ear­li­er this year. There is more detail in the PDF doc­u­ment which you can down­load through this link.

Scotsman’s 200th anniversary

The his­to­ry of the Scots­man has been explored in a BBC doc­u­men­tary called ‘The Paper This­tle’. If you missed it, you can watch it via the BBC web­site over the next month.

Speedspools is 50!

Har­ry McIntosh’s Speed­spools has reached its Gold­en Anniver­say. He has been in busi­ness pro­duc­ing type for 50 years, since 1967 — and for many years to come at the Chep­man and Myl­lar press in Edin­burgh. Con­grat­u­la­tions!