The Crescent Card Company was started in 1988 by Sandra and Len to provide specialist Letterpress printing services to the trade.
In 2008, the business was relocated from its’ base in Tiptree to a small industrial site in Heybridge, Essex and currently occupies premises of just over 700 sq. ft. and although the core part of the work carried out is still for other printers, we are seeing increasing interest in Letterpress printing almost as an art form.
The presses we use are a Miehle Vertical V45, a Heidelberg 10×15, a Grafopress 10×15 and an Arab Platen.
We still carry out Hot-Metal typesetting and have a Ludlow machine and a range of typefaces available. Most of our Letterpress printing is from polymer blocks, which we make on-site and although we do not advertise block making as a service, we do make blocks from PDF files and mail them out when requested to do so.
We are currently running training courses for aspiring Letterpress printers where, for a short course of one day or the three days, you can get a grounding in Letterpress within a commercial environment.