John Falstrom

John is the owner of Lyme Letterpress Studio, a division of the family business Perennial Designs. He specializes in the restoration and sale of Golding presses, sells Golding press parts, provides introductory letterpress classes, and prints for fun on his personal Golding collection. John volunteers when possible at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Ma. assisting with the Golding collection, and serves as a moderator for a Golding Pearl restoration forum on Yahoo with over 100 members.

John Falstrom has been a major contributor to the following articles:

Golding Pearl No. 2

This is the only known example of the Pearl No. 2. Unlike its siblings the No. 1 and No. 3 which are commonly found on bases with flywheels and treadles, the No. 2 began and ended its production run only as a tabletop. Notice the very unusual placement of the … Continue reading

Pearl No.1

William Hughson Golding ran a printer’s supply company in Boston from 1869. Like J.F.W. Dorman (maker of the Baltimore 11), he soon graduated from making labels, rubber stamps, and seals to manufacturing printing presses for amateurs. His first of these was the Pearl, which was invented and patented by William … Continue reading

Official No.12

Golding manufactured three models termed “Map” presses in the tabletop Official line.  They were called map presses because they were primarily used to print the corner block on maps and blueprint sheets.  These presses are also called stationary platen presses.  The bed moves down to the platen rather than the … Continue reading

Official Junior

The Junior was the smallest of the Official line with a chase size of 2″ x 3″.

Golding Official Imprinter

The Golding Official Imprinter is based on a No. 12 “Map” press with the addition of a flywheel.  Very few presses of this design were manufactured. The press shown was used to print clothing labels and other cloth items such as canvas bags.  Power was supplied from a direct drive variable speed motor.  … Continue reading

Golding Jobber No.7

The Jobber No. 7 has a chase size of 10″ x 15″ and many features for the professional printer. One of the more unusual features (found on all Jobbers) was the platen adjusting system. It worked on a system of wedges rather than the impression bolts found on most presses. The system allows … Continue reading

Golding Jobber No.18

The Golding Jobber No. 18 was one of two presses in the Art Series and is the second largest Golding ever made. It has the same 12 x 18 chase size as the No. 8, but, the press is built much heavier. This example was manufactured near the end of the … Continue reading

American No. 8

Manufactured by Deneger & Weiler in New York City in the 1870’s, the American No. 8 works on the same engineering principal as the C & P Pilot and has a chase size of 8″ x 12″.

Official No.9 / Map

William Golding made a variety of different press styles over the years before ending production in the 1920’s. The Official No. 9, also known as a Map press because it could be used to print on small areas on larger sheets of paper (such as a map), was one of … Continue reading