Just off the press and new addition to the shop..Bar coaster obsession. Weve been collecting the antique ones for years (last pic). We have a lot of bars here at camp and have always wanted our own coasters. But modern bar coasters are just not made the same (Theyre cheap digital smooth and slick) … and too common to want to keep around. Which is why you can only find the best old school designs in antiques shops and fleas..So we called up our favorite print master – Gary at @accucolorplus in Milwaukee (hes the guru in antique printing techniques and works on vintage presses). ours on heavy pulp board on a 1940s press.These are going to sit under every cold brew at every bar here, now- and going up as sets in the campstore this morning. Cheers, Campers!THE DETAILS: (For design and printing nerds only- straight from Gary)The paper is a heavy weight pulp board- 100% recycled and un-bleached, making it very environmentally friendly.The print method is letterpress. Given the small size and for one coaster, the round shape, each coaster was hand fed into and out of the press.To keep the inking as full and even as possible, the press let the inking rollers pass over the plate three times before making a printed impression. (The norm is only one pass of the rollers.)The halftone of the building was tested, using my normal 210 line screen (210 halftone dots per running inch, 44,100 halftone dots per square inch). This fine screen ruling did not work well with letterpress and the resulting printed image was something of a flat gray field. I developed a halftone ruling that is unique to todays world, but common 70 or so years ago, A 60 like halftone screen, with only 60 halftone dots per running inch, 360 halftone dots per square inch. This course halftone is typical of printed matter up to the 1950s and even into the 1970s for newspaper printing. The larger halftone dots, placed further away from each other let the letterpress printing method, on the pulp board stock, render a pleasing halftone image.The press used is a Craftsman, 12 X 18 maximum print area. Manufactured by the Chandler and Price Company in 1948.