New Small Press Seeks Big Old Letterpress / Hyperallergic

Here’s the 120-year-old antique letterpress that Meekling wants to purchase. (all photos via the Kickstarter campaign)

Here’s the 120-year-old antique letterpress that Meekling wants to purchase. (all photos via the Kickstarter campaign)

CHICAGO — Reports of print’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Outpost Magazine is one testament to this; another is Meekling Press, a very small Chicago-based book press that is committed to creating small editions of hand-bound books, as well as paperback editions. To date, the largest edition they’ve produced is a series of 50 books, which helps explain why they call themselves “very small” instead of just “small.”

But what’s a meekling? When I looked up the definition of “meekling” on Urban Dictionary, I found that it means “the last remnants of weed from the bag, green pixie dust, or just marijuana.” While I love drug references as much as the next writer, I knew that Meekling wasn’t about weed. I got in touch with co-founder/publisher Rebecca Elliott to learn more about the operation, and why they are running this Kickstarter to purchase a 120-year-old antique letterpress.

Read the full story on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/89148/new-small-press-seeks-big-old-letterpress/