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The Tramp Printers

The Tramp Printers

Forgotten Trails of the Travelling Typographers
by Charles Overbeck.

We're now taking pre-orders for "The Tramp Printers," but please note that the first copies are going out to our fundraising donors first, so pre-orders will probably ship the first week of February. But if you'd like to reserve a copy now, you can order below.

About the book: The tramp printer was a typesetting troubadour with a story in lieu of a song, a scholarly hobo, and a master of the type case. Carrying little more than a union journeyman’s card and a few basic tools, these “itinerant” typographers criss-crossed the continent for more than a century, train-hopping from newspaper to newspaper.

To the tramp printer, personal autonomy and adventure were far more valuable than material possessions. Many of them were brilliant, literate individuals who were nevertheless compelled by a predilection for bacchanalian debauchery. The tramps helped each other over the hard places and spread the craft of printing, and always standing in solidarity with their fellow workers. {204 page book}