Name That Press!

Name That Press!

That’s right: We’re the proud parents of a new (to us) printing press. Our bundle of joy, a Kelsey Excelsior model, weighs in at a petite 90 pounds and was officially born in 1884. She’s 128 years young! And in honor of her new place in our little studio, we’re inviting you to help us do something special: name her. Or him. We can’t agree on whether she’s a her or he’s a him. That’s up to you too.

So here’s the deal.

First, leave a comment on this blog post with your name suggestion. On September 1, we’ll select the winner. The winning nomenclature not only gets to bestow a name on a beautiful, antique piece of history, but he or she will also get a box set of 10 cards from the very first design we print on the press. Excited? We hope so!

So get those creative juices flowing. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Fine Print
You might be curious how the winning name is going to be selected. We’ll be picking out a name from what you all offer up after what promises to be a few solid hours of hemming and hawing. We won’t bicker, though, promise.

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  • dagmar August 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    greta – was the 1st name that came to my mind for this beauty

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      You guys are making this hard already! Greta is a great idea, Dagmar—thanks!

  • Sarah Cruz August 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

    She looks like an Esmeralda to me.
    Loving your work 🙂

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      That reminds me of Hunchback of Notre Dame! I loved Disney movies growing up. She does have an Esmeralda quality, does she? 🙂 Thanks Sarah!

  • Hannah Coleman August 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Tallulah. Beautiful Tallulah.

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Ohh, great suggestion Hannah! I love that.

  • Libby August 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I vote for Elvis.

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Classic! I can imagine rock ‘n’ roll jokes during late-night printing runs and a definite soundtrack in the studio.

  • Chris August 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Penelope if it’s a girl…Preston if it’s a boy.



    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Bryan really likes Preston, Chris! He loves a great pun. 🙂

  • Aurélie August 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Précieuse : that mean “precious” in french but when you say it you almost say “press”… Such a beautiful mix of sound!

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I wish I knew how to speak French, Aurélie, so that I could pronounce it the way it must sound to you! In my head it sounds really pretty, but probably not accurate! 😉

  • Tana Loring August 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Marcilynn. Like the woman who uses the pretties she creates, she is a little old fashioned and a lot hard working. Go Marcilynn!

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Gotta love a hard-working, old-fashioned gal! Thanks, Tana!

  • sara walk August 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Since she is 128 years young I feel she needs a classic name….and I oh so love Lucille and you can call her lucy for short 🙂

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Oh, see, I’m a sucker for a nickname, Sara. Love ’em.

  • Torrie August 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I think Cecilia sounds just right – petite & with just a little nostalgic whimsy =) Call her Ceci for short!

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Another nickname! I nickname everything in my life. Ceci is adorable!

  • Kimberly Stover August 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    She looks like a Mabel to me. 🙂

    • Ashley Author August 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Mabel always reminds me of the South, which is so appropriate considering we’re this press’ first Southern home. Thanks, Kimberly!

  • Isolde August 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Looks like a Bertie to me! <3

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

      Thanks, Isolde! I’m surprised we have so many Gertie’s, Bertie’s, and other rhyming names. 🙂

  • Katie B August 11, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Hmm…you already have a Scout, so I’m going to go with….Atticus.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Perfect, and so appropriate. 🙂

  • Peggy & Joe August 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Joe & I had fun with this! We actually came up with GERTIE before we came to this blog.
    Joe commented that all important machinery, ships, etc. have always been given a woman’s name.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Ohh, I think I’d heard that once before but forgotten it. Neat fact! (And sweet name too.)

  • Cathie August 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Hi! I collected my very first letterpress yesterday!! I am now the proud mother of an Adana 8×5. She is called Dora. I’d be happy to share the name 😉

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Congrats, Cathie! It’s such a wonderful feeling to know you have a little piece of history, isn’t it? Dora’s a wonderful name—thanks for the suggestion!

  • Catherine August 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Winston (or The Winston)


    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:55 am

      “The” makes it sound very official! 🙂 Winston has to be considered a classic, right?

  • amanda nicoll August 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    right away when i saw her i knew that she was a persephone – hope you agree! she’s one classy lady.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Thanks so much, Amanda! Persephone has a beautiful ring to it, doesn’t it?

  • Ashley August 12, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Aw man so bummed someone already suggested Preston. Thats the first thing that came to my mind as I love a good pun. Can I throw a double pun in the mix and suggest presston? (see what I did there?) either way whatever the beaut gets named I can’t wait to see the awesome things you guys produce together.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Hehe, Presston is great, Ashley! Thanks so much!

  • Lou August 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I think Robina (Row-bina) would be a nice name. It’s also my boyfriend’s mum’s name, but shhhh 😉

    She’s a strong and creative lady, and it’s a pretty name, so it’s a fitting name I think!

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Ha! Your secret’s safe with us, Lou 😉 Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Lauren Robinson August 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I would have to go with Clive. You can add Staples to make the full allusion to C.S Lewis. Clive just sounds classy.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Ohhh, C.S. Lewis. Love that, Lauren!

  • Jenelle August 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I think she looks like a Penny!

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

      This immediately made me smile because we love The Big Bang Theory. 🙂 Thanks Jenelle!

  • Lauren August 14, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I think you should name her Zelda after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife.

    • Ashley Author August 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

      That has old-fashioned charm and a literary reference—right up our alley. Thanks!

  • SaRaH August 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

    i’ll suggest
    Monsieur Victor
    (don’t ask why 😉

    • Ashley Author August 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks SaRaH!

  • Cassie August 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Archimedes! or Archie for short

    • Ashley Author August 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Love that! Thanks Cassie.

  • Laurie August 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I’d have to say Chadwick.

    • Ashley Author August 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Aw, I love that, Laurie. It has charm. Thanks!

  • Lauren August 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Well….Preston is still my fav by far. But if you’re looking for a gal’s name (Preston sounds masculine to me), how about Tinta (Spanish for ink)?

    Love the contest. Congrats friends!

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