Black Stone Press

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Black Stone Press

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Blackstone Press was a letterpress that operated on Granville Island from 1996 to 2021. It was run by David Clifford and, starting in 2005, his daughter Yasmine Franchi.

Clifford began a six-year printing apprenticeship in London in 1951 at the age of 15. After several years in the printing industry, he moved to France in 1962 and worked at Imprimerie Meyerbeer before moving to Vancouver in 1970. Clifford worked as a graphic designer until 1996, when he founded Black Stone Press.

The press used primarily polymer type and operated a variety of vintage presses, including three Heldelberg Winmill presses, to produce their work.


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Clifford, David. “Why I Love Letterpress with David Clifford: Letterpress Printing – A Life.” Boxcar Press. 16 September 2019.

Milroy, Rollin. “Letterpress and a Modern Printer: Vancouver’s Black Stone Press.” Book Arts Du Livre Canada Vol 9., No. 2 (2018): 32-37.

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