Monday, 26 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Whilst discussing the design of our letterhead it was decided that we would ideally like to stamp the date on the correspondence that we send out. The question was - how were we going to source a stamp made in Britain? The treasure trove that is The Dog and Wardrobe (Andrews Road, E8) provided us with the answer.
Friday, 16 October 2009
'I would be the first to admit that there is no fortune in this series for anyone concerned, but if my premises are correct and these Penguins are the means of converting book-borrowers into book-buyers, I shall feel that I have perhaps added some small quota to the sum of those who during the last few years have worked for the popularisation of the book-shop and the increased sale of books.'
Allen Lane, 'All About the Penguin Books', The Bookseller, 22 May 1935
Postcards from Penguin is released on the 5th of November 2009.
Thank you to Wallpaper magazine (a title not wholly concerned with embossed vinyl coverings and all the better for it) for the photos.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
We highly recommend this short documentary on the manufacture of Brooks saddles. Founded in 1866 in Smethwick, Birmingham, the company embodies everything that we are looking for in the subjects of M&I.
Having registered their first patent in 1882, the product remains nearly identical today - the B17 saddle was first produced in 1898 and is still available 111 years later.
Eric Murray, an expert chamferer at the factory, believes the manufacturing process will remain, 'I presume it will always be the same, it's the way it goes.'
Thank you to Anothersomething for bringing this video to our attention.