Bowne & Co.

Bowne & Co. South Street Seaport Museum's custom letterpress printing shops, workshops location, and art gallery. Bowne Printers is a letterpress printshop in downtown Manhattan and part of the South Street Seaport Museum.

The shop's resident printers use the Seaport Museum's extensive collection of historic printing equipment, moveable type and engravings to print custom jobs and retail items that are sold in house and next door at Bowne & Co., Stationers. The shop is open 7 days a week and invites visitors to watch and discuss letterpress printing in New York City. Please inquire about our monthly typesetting and linoleum block carving workshops!

Operating as usual

Printing live on Water Street continues today until 5pm! This week, it’s a special project created by our Printing Histo...
07/24/2021

Printing live on Water Street continues today until 5pm! This week, it’s a special project created by our Printing History Interns. They designed and printed a postcard to honor the cherished small businesses in our lives, featuring a #rebus. We hope you’ll stop by and take some home to give to the local businesses that make our lives so special. #shopsmall

On press today and tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to grab one of our newest prints FOR FREE! We will be printing the l...
07/16/2021

On press today and tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to grab one of our newest prints FOR FREE! We will be printing the last layer of this broadside as part of the @seaportmuseum open days today and tomorrow 11-5. After Saturday, they will go on sale on our website along with some other new goodies we’ve been working on! #letterpress #broadside #type #woodtype #boats

On press today and tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to grab one of our newest prints FOR FREE! We will be printing the last layer of this broadside as part of the @seaportmuseum open days today and tomorrow 11-5. After Saturday, they will go on sale on our website along with some other new goodies we’ve been working on! #letterpress #broadside #type #woodtype #boats

On press this weekend… #pride fans, complete with #rainbowroll! Stop by 209 Water Street until 5pm today to see us print...
06/12/2021

On press this weekend… #pride fans, complete with #rainbowroll! Stop by 209 Water Street until 5pm today to see us printing on our stoop and take away a free fan! We’ll be out again next Friday and Saturday printing something totally different, so be sure to join us weekly!

On press this weekend… #pride fans, complete with #rainbowroll! Stop by 209 Water Street until 5pm today to see us printing on our stoop and take away a free fan! We’ll be out again next Friday and Saturday printing something totally different, so be sure to join us weekly!

Preparations are underway for many future weekends #printing on our front steps at 209 Water Street! Stop by on Fridays ...
06/09/2021

Preparations are underway for many future weekends #printing on our front steps at 209 Water Street! Stop by on Fridays and Saturdays between now and October to see live #letterpress printing and take home a free print. (A hint about this coming weekend: our printed item will help you celebrate #pride!)

Free demonstrations will be conducted hourly between 11am and 4pm. We’ll also be offering same-day pick up for items purchased from our online shop. We can’t wait to see you!

Preparations are underway for many future weekends #printing on our front steps at 209 Water Street! Stop by on Fridays and Saturdays between now and October to see live #letterpress printing and take home a free print. (A hint about this coming weekend: our printed item will help you celebrate #pride!)

Free demonstrations will be conducted hourly between 11am and 4pm. We’ll also be offering same-day pick up for items purchased from our online shop. We can’t wait to see you!

New in our online shop: our first letterpress-printed notepads! Tear-off sheets in sturdy grey paper are small in size —...
06/07/2021

New in our online shop: our first letterpress-printed notepads! Tear-off sheets in sturdy grey paper are small in size — and perfect for your back pocket. The cover features a botanical linocut and silver type from our collection (#lydian, if you’re curious!). And as always, they were printed, folded, glued together, and trimmed in our printing office using our 19th-century equipment… definitely a labor of love!

Check out our latest #blog on the South Street Seaport Museum website! It was tons of fun to participate in the internat...
05/27/2021

Check out our latest #blog on the South Street Seaport Museum website! It was tons of fun to participate in the international #36daysoftype project this year, so we wrote about it!

The blog is a deep dive into our process of selecting letterforms, finalizing a design, and printing two new broadsides to celebrate our vast collection of #woodtype.

seaportmuseum.org/curating-type-at-bowne-co/

Check out our latest #blog on the South Street Seaport Museum website! It was tons of fun to participate in the international #36daysoftype project this year, so we wrote about it!

The blog is a deep dive into our process of selecting letterforms, finalizing a design, and printing two new broadsides to celebrate our vast collection of #woodtype.

seaportmuseum.org/curating-type-at-bowne-co/

On the Brooklyn version of our brand new Greatest Borough broadsides, one thing is not like the others! We had our heart...
05/25/2021

On the Brooklyn version of our brand new Greatest Borough broadsides, one thing is not like the others! We had our hearts set on using this chunky gothic wood type from 1835, but we had a challenge: the huge negative space in the L–Y pairing was making it difficult to space the rest of the letters attractively. The only solution was to kern the characters, or move them close together.

We already had a kerned Y—a piece of type that had been cut away a long time ago from its original square block. But we didn’t have a kerned L, and we did not want to take a saw to a nearly 200-year-old piece of our collection, so we made a new one! We drew the letter on a piece of linoleum and carved the surface, then cut away the negative space from the rest of the block. The two letters nested together very nicely.

We printed broadsides to celebrate each New York City borough, so you can support your favorite. All five are available in our online shop, www.bowne.co

#36daysoftype is a wrap! It was so much fun looking through our working collection of #woodtype for interesting letterfo...
05/11/2021

#36daysoftype is a wrap! It was so much fun looking through our working collection of #woodtype for interesting letterforms, and we had a fantastic time #printing posters to show them off.

Our limited-edition #broadside poster featuring numerals is available along with many new items in our online shop at www.bowne.co!

20-line Clarendon Extra Condensed, J. G. Cooley, ca. 186016-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_9
05/10/2021

20-line Clarendon Extra Condensed, J. G. Cooley, ca. 1860
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_9

12-line Tuscan Antique, Vanderburgh, Wells, ca. 185916-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_8
05/09/2021

12-line Tuscan Antique, Vanderburgh, Wells, ca. 1859
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_8

6-line Tubbs Latin Ornamented No. 2090, Tubbs & Co., ca. 189516-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_7
05/08/2021

6-line Tubbs Latin Ornamented No. 2090, Tubbs & Co., ca. 1895
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_7

12-line DeVinne, ca. 189516-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_6
05/07/2021

12-line DeVinne, ca. 1895
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_6

5-line Clarendon, Morgans & Wilcox, 186016-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_5
05/06/2021

5-line Clarendon, Morgans & Wilcox, 1860
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_5

15-line P. T. Barnum16-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_4
05/05/2021

15-line P. T. Barnum
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_4

18-line unidentified16-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_3
05/04/2021

18-line unidentified
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_3

12-line Roman, ca. 182816-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_2
05/03/2021

12-line Roman, ca. 1828
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_2

6-line Cooper Black16-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_1
05/02/2021

6-line Cooper Black
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_1

8-line Hamilton No. 167, Hamilton Manufacturing Co., 187916-line Gothic#36daysoftype #36days_0
05/01/2021

8-line Hamilton No. 167, Hamilton Manufacturing Co., 1879
16-line Gothic
#36daysoftype #36days_0

New items are in our online shop, www.bowne.co! Since we launched the shop over the holidays last year, we were pleased ...
05/01/2021

New items are in our online shop, www.bowne.co! Since we launched the shop over the holidays last year, we were pleased to see that our own stationery and broadside posters have been your favorites. It’s been so heartening to know that our community—made up of familiar friends and new ones alike—is keen to support what we do in these complicated times, so we have kept printing! And for the first time, by popular demand, our new offerings include boxed notecard sets.

Today wraps the alphabet portion of #36daysoftype! We can’t wait to share our favorite numerals starting tomorrow. To ce...
04/30/2021

Today wraps the alphabet portion of #36daysoftype! We can’t wait to share our favorite numerals starting tomorrow. To celebrate, we’ve printed a #broadside poster, now available in our online shop at bowne.co! Each character is a favorite from our working collection of #woodtype, set by hand and printed in a small edition on our Vandercook. It’s the first of several new house-designed items we’ll be adding to bowne.co soon, so watch this space for announcements!

8-line Tuscan Concave, ca. 18586-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_Z
04/30/2021

8-line Tuscan Concave, ca. 1858
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_Z

8-line Caslon Script, Morgans & Wilcox, ca. 18916-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_Y
04/29/2021

8-line Caslon Script, Morgans & Wilcox, ca. 1891
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_Y

8-line Tuscan Antique, ca. 18496-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_X
04/28/2021

8-line Tuscan Antique, ca. 1849
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_X

10-line Gothic Pointed, ca. 18776-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_W
04/27/2021

10-line Gothic Pointed, ca. 1877
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_W

12-line Tuscan Antique Ornamented Condensed, J. G. Cooley, ca. 18726-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_V
04/26/2021

12-line Tuscan Antique Ornamented Condensed, J. G. Cooley, ca. 1872
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_V

10-line Antique Tuscan Double Extra Condensed, American Wood Type Co., 18596-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_...
04/25/2021

10-line Antique Tuscan Double Extra Condensed, American Wood Type Co., 1859
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_U

10-line Unique, ca. 18726-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_T
04/24/2021

10-line Unique, ca. 1872
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_T

12-line Composite Condensed, ca. 18706-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_S
04/23/2021

12-line Composite Condensed, ca. 1870
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_S

4-line Clarendon Extended, Vanderburgh, Wells, ca. 18606-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_R
04/22/2021

4-line Clarendon Extended, Vanderburgh, Wells, ca. 1860
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_R

8-line Mowry Antique, William H. Page & Co., ca. 18726-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_Q
04/21/2021

8-line Mowry Antique, William H. Page & Co., ca. 1872
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_Q

10-line Tuscan Antique No. 7, ca. 18596-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_P
04/20/2021

10-line Tuscan Antique No. 7, ca. 1859
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_P

6-line Roman, ca. 18286-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_O
04/19/2021

6-line Roman, ca. 1828
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_O

10-line unidentified6-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_N
04/18/2021

10-line unidentified
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_N

12-line Hamilton No. 169, Hamilton Manufacturing Co., ca. 18926-line Gothic, ca. 1835#36daysoftype #36days_M
04/17/2021

12-line Hamilton No. 169, Hamilton Manufacturing Co., ca. 1892
6-line Gothic, ca. 1835
#36daysoftype #36days_M

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209-211 Water St
New York, NY
10038

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

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(212) 748-8651

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Bowne & Co. are letterpress print shops in downtown Manhattan and part of the South Street Seaport Museum. The shops’ resident printers use the Seaport Museum's extensive collection of historic printing equipment, moveable type and engravings to print custom jobs and retail items that are sold in house. The shops are open 7 days a week and invites visitors to watch and discuss letterpress printing in New York City. Please inquire about our monthly typesetting workshops!


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