About Us

 

Contacting us for Custom Design & Print Work

If you'd like information or a quote for custom design/printing,
fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we can start the conversation.
You'll also find our equipment history on this page.
The history comes through on the final product.
Believe it.
Thanks for your interest and support of the vintage printing industry.
Jim Callans
Designer / Printer
Old Star Press
Venice, CA
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Craft Your Profession
A Short Film on Old Star Press by Filmmaker Josh McHale 

 

Old Star Press - Our Mission

Here at Old Star Press, we operate vintage printing equipment. All presses and cutters are run manually. No electricity is needed except for the AM radio. Here are the goods:
We print from a massive 1915 C&P press, a smaller C&P Pilot Press circa 1900, and a 'portable' 1957 Adana QH Press used for demonstration and proofing. Our manual Challenge paper cutter is believed to be from the 50's.

 

Old Star Press Equipment History

Here at Old Star Press, we operate vintage printing equipment. All presses and cutters are run manually. No electricity is needed except for the AM radio. Here are the goods:

"Grigsby"

1915 Chandler & Price
Craftsman New Series Press
14 1/2" x 22" Platen
2,700 lbs

We named this big press "Grigsby" in honor of her original operator: Mr. Grigsby of Grigsby Paper Box Manufacturing, Portland, OR. The press was in continuous operation until 2006 as a jobber used for both print and die cut.
She sat for a couple of years, under a cover, in the back of the Portland shop until I rescued her and brought her home to Venice.

Grigsby is our main press here at Old Star, and really proves that they just don't make them like they used to.
Mr. Grigsby circa 1920's

"Bug"

1900 era Chandler & Price
Craftsman Pilot Press
7" x 10"
250 lbs

This press sat under a canvas, in a garage, in Huntington Beach for the last 40 years. Lots of rust, seized bolts, and non-existant rollers on heavily pitted trucks and cores.

I completely disassembled the press, removed all the rust, and stripped the paint. The press was then primed, painted, lubed, and tuned. The final step was to have Adrian at Ramco Rollers recover the cores.  It now has incredibly smooth action and leaves a beautiful impression.

The early Pilot presses did not have serial numbers making it difficult to pinpoint actual age. There are a number of signs to narrow down the age. These signs tell us that our press is likely to be pre-1900.