P22 Blox is a set of modular letterpress printing blocks made from space age material... plastic! It allows for a wide variety of lettering, experimental letterforms and pattern making, giving printers an entirely new medium to inspire modern presswork.
The initial P22 Blox sets were delivered in early 2016. A limited second run of P22 Blox was made in June 2016. A third press was completed in Mid 2018 in yellow plastic and is available via P22.com. This new version features a lower price and includes a booklet, laser cut stencil and digital files!
The Blox are injection molded in Upstate New York using Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE)
P22 Analog Press features letterpress prints, including the Anonymous Midwest Landscape series which uses the back side of broken wood type to create aerial landscapes of topographic abstraction.
A selection of letterpress prints are currently available directly through P22.com
P22 Design Research Lab
A collection of thousands of mid-20th century wooden letterpress printing blocks used for advertising has been acquired by P22 Analog. The bulk of the collection originated at Pollack Printing in Buffalo NY, and features vernacular design specific to mid-20th century department stores and supermarkets. What Hatch Show Print in Nashville is to the country music industry, Pollack was to the less glamorous department store industry. Pollack boasted that they were the "Largest printer east of the Missisippi" and "The Nation's Printer." Printed ephemera and blocks from Pollack will be organized and cataloged with eventual placement in permanent collections of printing history archives.
Plans are being developed to allow researchers to view and utilize pieces in the collection. Currently in cataloging phase.