let·ter·press | \ˈle-tər-ˌpres \

Definition of letterpress 

1 : the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface

2 chiefly British : text (as of a book) distinct from pictorial illustrations

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The logos seem like they were hand-drawn with a large quill pen or stamped with an antique letterpress, and the boxes are made out of some material that looks tastefully recycled. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Expensive Pasta Is Worth It—Here's Why," 18 June 2018 Tracy also co-curates Ink Press Productions, which specializes in handmade books, letterpress printing and experimental events. Quinn Kelley, baltimoresun.com, "Tracy Dimond, poet and writer," 12 June 2018 Five of the 23 Noonan Building artists Noonan tenant since: 1998 Embosses ephemera with minimalist Victorian designs on a 19th century-style Chandler & Price letterpress. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "The waning days of a Dogpatch artists’ enclave," 13 Apr. 2018 The foundation dedicated to paper making, book arts and letterpress is the largest center in the country of its kind and celebrates its tenth anniversary in the Midtown neighborhood this year. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "'Paper Trails': Cleveland's Morgan Conservatory showcases the versatility of paper art (photos)," 30 Mar. 2018 Lauren expertly mixes letterpress and other tools like laser cutting to give customers truly unique designs. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Who's Next: 25 designers influencing Arizona from fashion to graphic design," 16 Mar. 2018 Gianni Basso StampatoreA cash-only studio for custom stationery printed on an antique letterpress. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 6 Feb. 2018 Valentine Broadside Printing Participants experience letterpress printing on the library’s 1909 Albion handpress and take home a unique keepsake. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Valentine’s Day and other events," 25 Jan. 2018 Even the packaging and labels are self-designed and letterpress printed by hand. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "A Quest to Find America’s Best Craft Chocolate Makers," 31 Jan. 2017

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1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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