Just north of Bogota is the small town of Zipaquira. It’s known mostly for a cathedral that’s carved deep inside a salt mine. The town also played a small role in the development of literature. Gabriel García Márquez received a scholarship to a school in Zipaquira, where he spent more time in the library reading rather in the classroom.

View of Zipaquira

Wandering through the pleasant colonial town we walked by an open doorway where an elderly woman was printing funeral notices, a common custom in small Colombian towns where the notices are pasted on street corners.


Curious, and slightly enchanted by the old tools of the printer, we asked if we could come inside and take some photos.


Type in Zipaquira

By |April 23rd, 2007|Categories: printing|Tags: , , |Comments Off on PRINTING in small town COLOMBIA


Briar Press is a wonderful Web site about letterpress printing. There is a lot of information on this site, all arranged in a very nice format. Browsing through the virtual museum is a fascinating educational experience for anyone interested in books. I’m sure to be talking about some of the specific goodies to be found on this site as I explore it further.

By |October 19th, 2006|Categories: printing|Tags: , |Comments Off on LETTERPRESS PRINTING