The Firecracker Press In Old North St. Louis
Firecracker’s letterpresses can print just about anything on paper. Examples include business cards, invitations, packaging for Kaldi’s special holiday coffee, and even hand-held placards—which would be totally appropriate at a protest march. Firecracker Press even uses 100-percent cotton “paper,” which is specially made in St. Louis from recycled t-shirts. Like traditional paper, the material can handle the repeated pressing of an inked, raised surface, which gives letterpress printing its unique look and feel.
The original Firecracker Press location opened on Cherokee Street in 2002, but the newer Old North location is three times bigger. The additional space made it possible for Firecracker to expand—and to launch the aforementioned nonprofit, Central Print, which offers printmaking classes and education.
2612 N. 14th St
This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication, “GUIDED: ST. LOUIS—Old North.” Pick up your complimentary copy on newsstands now.
Photo credit: Carmen Troesser