19 Aug
2010

The demise of reading and the Consolidated Pearl

I’ve had issues with reading recently… in that, I haven’t been. I suppose you can blame it on the summer and my time outdoors. I promise that when the weather turns sour, I’ll get back to the library and hit it hard. (Yes, another reason I’m planning my “13 books in 13 weeks” for a time of year when the sun sets at 4 p.m. and it rains 20 out of 30 days.)

Well, my lack of actual reading hasn’t kept me from the written, er, printed word. I visited the Portland Letterpress Printers’ fair last weekend. It was full of great letterpress cards and posters, and there also were a few tables with castaway press pieces. I picked up this awesome piece that says “Consolidated Pearl.” I imagined all kinds of turn of the century shipping or warehousing companies, or even a Portland company with Pearl District ties. After much Googling, I could only find one reference: the Consolidated Pearl Button Company listed in the 1906 copartnership and corporation directory for the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Not too likely, but I have a thing for buttons, so I’ll take the association.

The piece has currently taken up residence on my mantel but I hope to find it a more permanent home when I tackle my home office project (#7 on my 30 before 30 list). I can see it happily sharing a space with my growing family of ampersands.

My favorite pieces at the fair were from these shops:

Keegan Meegan Letterpress

Ilfant Press

Twin Ravens Press

So, what do you think?