Get Rich with Printcrafts!

Printcrafts coverPrintcrafts for Fun and Profit

Submitter: Straight out of the craft section of my local public library.  Here is Printcrafts for Fun and Profit. I love the old mimeograph machine. I last used one in elementary school in 1986. That was a blast from the past. I love the section that teaches you how to create those scary ransom notes from the newspaper.

Holly: Whatever the person on the cover is doing doesn’t look like fun, and it’s so inefficient compared to today’s technology that it can’t be very profitable, either.

Printcrafts - getting into print

Printcrafts - putting your newspaper together



  1. Totally out of date, and yet, I still have Letraset sheets of pressdown type. I used to publish zines and make flyers using the Letraset sheets. Personal computers and desktop publishing really made this low tech obsolete, though I do still find uses for them. And I did have fun making flyers and headers for my zines with these sheets of lettering. The computer might be more efficient, but I do sometimes miss the hands-on aspect of these sheets.

    1. As a former zine editor, I agree! Laying print by hand was totally fun! (Not at all profitable – I lost about $200 per issue).

    2. I had a notebook computer whose letters wore off, so it wasn’t too long ago that I actually bought some presstype. Didn’t work too well, though.

  2. I love how it is a children’s book (note the “j” by the call number) but uses an exacto knife. We have adults in my department at work that we won’t let use a box cutter without an automatically retracting blade much less an exacto knife.
    I also remember mocking up the jr high newspaper with rub off letra sets 🙂

  3. Sadly enough, I only recently weeded this from my library’s collection. (Not my fault – I just started – but I can’t believe it was still there!)

  4. I used Letraset letters and edgings in user manuals for a computer software company, believe it or not — in 1985. The text was printed out on “burster” paper using an LQP and an ancient DEC program where you had to enter codes to get it to do things like underline or type over something twice to make it “bold”. Then, I would use Letraset to make frames around things that were supposed to be illustrations.

    When I first got my hands on a Mac 512KE and was able to use MacDraw, I nearly wept with joy.

  5. My next weeding project is going to be checking our catalog for any record that contains the phrase “for fun and profit”!

  6. Oh wow, I got to play with Letraset sheets when I was in 9th grade (1991-1992), in my little school’s art department. They also had an old Letraset font catalog, which was amazing to me at the time.

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