John Bull printing outfit #tbt

A bit of fun for the weekend. John Bull printing outfit – For any junior office worker in the 1950s: Did you ever have the John Bull printing outfit ? If you did there were several various versions. They were separated by number, so the John Bull printing outfit no 18 was different to the #30. Generally the larger the number the larger the amount of rubber letters. So if you has #6 you knew that either your parents were poor or they had no confidence that your young business mind wasn’t going to make you the next Donald Trump or Alan Sugar!

John Bull printing outfit from the 1950s


Printing techniques have changed a bit from this printing machine but maybe using this as a child got you into silk screen printing. You probably bought it at an art supplies shop or art supply stores. No use for fabric printing, foil printing or printing on glass but great fun for printing at home.