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Copperman's Day 2022: Set Sorrows Aside

Copperman's Day 2022: Set Sorrows Aside

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Our Copperman's Day print for 2022 is inspired by a song recorded by the Boston Camerata for their collection An American Christmas, which I listened to many times over during the production of this print. The song, called "A Virgin Unspotted," is found in Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1820). The chorus reminds us to cast sorrow away:

Aye and therefore be merry, set sorrows aside: Christ Jesus our Saviour was born on this 'tide.

Though rooted in a religious text and song, our Copperman's Day print message is truly universal and non-denominational. As for Copperman's Day: it is an old Dutch printer's holiday, falling on the First Monday after Epiphany each January. It was traditional on this day for printers' apprentices in Holland to receive the day off to work on their own projects––usually small printed keepsakes that they'd sell for a copper.

These miniprints happen to be standard postcard size. Each is printed by hand from historic wood and metal types in multiple, separate print runs on the Vandercook 4 printing press in our Lake Worth studio on recycled French Speckletone papers.

SPECIAL DEAL! Order 5 or more of our mini prints (Copperman's Day prints, B Mine Valentines, and our famous Keep Lake Worth Quirky prints) and use the code COPPERMAN when you check out; we'll take $5 off your domestic order to help balance out our flat rate shipping charge of $9.50. Of course, you can spend $85 or more in our shop and earn free shipping, too!


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