Antique Wooden Letterpress Drawer

letterpress drawer

For many decades, my grandfather, Harry Sumner, worked as a printer. Back then, the printing presses required individual block letters to place down. Those letters were organized in special drawers, such as the one above. At some point, my grandfather bought one of these drawers to hang on the wall. The wording on the handle says

48 Kaufmann Bold – Foster (ATF)

kaufmann drawer

Some of the slots are bigger than the others to hold the more frequently-used letters.

Turns out, a lot of people use these old drawers to decorate and for other purposes. Check out some images on Google.

Here is where each letter goes:

letterpress drawer