Best Old School Stationers and Letterpress — Dauphine Press, Petaluma


Dear Gutenberg – Been meaning to say congrats on that bible gig for a while. What can I say, I’m imPRESSed. Anyway, you know how you’re always railing about the rise of desktop publishing and how the clones at Kinko’s pretty much sealed the tomb on ye olde letterpress? Dig this, Gute – there’s a hip chick in P-town, Trish Kinsella, who’s been running a custom letterpress and stationery company under the name Dauphine Press. She’s got an international clientele through her website, and last summer she opened an old school-style stationary store on Kentucky Street. And she’s teaching classes about everything from letterpressing your own wrapping paper and gift tags to making faux postage stamps and bookbinding. Dude, Kinko’s is going down! The revolution will be letterpressed!

Dauphine Press, 119 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays. (707) 775-4200.

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Daedalus Howell is the author, most recently, of the novel "Quantum Deadline" and the writer-director of the recently released feature film "Pill Head." He is the editor of The North Bay Bohemian and The Pacific Sun.

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