Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Three Letterpress Postcards from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kaukauna anymore...

Land of OZ kosh 
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh Wisconsin
Home of WINNIE
Lake Winnebago Sea Creature
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Lake Fly (Chironomidae Annoyus)
Official Bird of Oshkosh Wisconsin

All three of these Letter-Press postcards were made by Rauhaus Design and were bought in 2016.

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Oshkosh is known for OshKosh B'Gosh, a manufacturer of overalls and children's clothing founded in Oshkosh in 1895. Originally a small-town manufacturer of adult work clothing, it became best known for its children's lines.

Despite the name, OshKosh B'Gosh overalls are no longer made in Oshkosh, though the company maintains corporate offices there.

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Letterpress started to become largely out-of-date in the 1980s because of the rise of computers and new self-publishing print and publish methods.

Contemporary letterpress is considered a craft as it involves using a skill and is made by hand.

Today, some small letterpress shops survive by printing fine editions of books or by printing upscale invitations and stationery. These methods often use presses that require the press operator to feed paper one sheet at a time by hand.

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