albertine press

letterpress printing and design

From classic and elegant to witty and irreverent - Albertine Press is a Boston-area design and letterpress print shop run by Shelley Barandes, a sometime-architect who just loved paper more.

What began as a custom design and print studio has grown to include a full collection of greeting cards, note sets, coasters and journals available at stationery stores and gift boutiques across the country. In addition, we continue to work closely with individuals on custom printing projects, from wedding invitations to business collateral, broadsides to artists' books.

Whether you're a newly-engaged couple searching for just the right wedding invitation, a business looking for that distinctive touch to your stationery, a designer seeking a printshop collaboration, or a retail store wishing to expand your selection of unique cards, the exquisite texture and quality of our finished work is certain to make an impression!

Our shop in Somerville is home to many antique presses of varying vintage and function; table top platens for demonstrations, Heidelberg Windmills for large scale production, a C&P "jobber" we use for die cutting, and  a lovely little Vandercook #4 proof press. Our inks are hand-mixed and many of our machines are hand-fed. However, we take full advantage of motorized presses and photo-polymer plates, marrying centuries-old techniques with modern technology.

Letterpress is the oldest mechanized printing method, enjoying a renewed appreciation by both artisans and paper-lovers alike. A relief-printing technique, raised forms are inked and then pressed against (and often into) the paper. While old-school printers would moan and groan over the "printing for the blind" in vogue today, it is that very impression that sets letterpress apart.

Nearly all of our work is printed on 100% cotton paper. Though we chose it for its pillowy texture and thickness (and the beautiful way it takes an impression), cotton paper has the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Absolutely no trees were harmed in the creation of this paper!


meet team albertine

Shelley Barandes owner & designer Favorite Lines Card: Happy Bird Day Craft Activity: Quilting Union Square Donut: Apple Cider Publication : Games Magazine

Shelley Barandes
owner & designer

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Lines Card: Happy Bird Day
Craft Activity: Quilting
Union Square Donut: Apple Cider
Publication : Games Magazine

Russell Freedman printer & tech guru Favorite Lines Card: Snappy Birthday Craft Activity: Woodworking Union Square Donut: Orange Creamsicle Podcast: My Brother My Brother & Me

Russell Freedman
printer & tech guru

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Lines Card: Snappy Birthday
Craft Activity: Woodworking
Union Square Donut: Orange Creamsicle
Podcast: My Brother My Brother & Me

Ellen Sweeney production manager - custom projects Favorite Lines Card: Improves With Age - Wine Craft Activity: Sewing Union Square Donut: Sugar Raised National Park: Rocky Mountain

Ellen Sweeney
production manager - custom projects

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Lines Card: Improves With Age - Wine
Craft Activity: Sewing
Union Square Donut: Sugar Raised
National Park: Rocky Mountain

Sylvia Tomayko-Peters printer Favorite Lines Card: Not Extinct Yet Craft Activity: Bookbinding Union Square Donut: Jam Filled Boston Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner

Sylvia Tomayko-Peters
printer

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Craft Activity: Bookbinding
Union Square Donut: Jam Filled
Boston Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner


Mary Pinto production manager - wholesale Favorite Lines Card: Make a Wish Craft Activity: Knitting Union Square Donut: Birthday Cake Goosebumps Book: One Day at Horrorland

Mary Pinto
production manager - wholesale

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Lines Card: Make a Wish
Craft Activity: Knitting
Union Square Donut: Birthday Cake
Goosebumps Book: One Day at Horrorland

Shawna Cross marketing manager Favorite Lines Card: Celebrate Craft Activity: Floral Baking Union Square Donut: Vietnamese Coffee Massachusetts Camping Area: Sandy Neck Beach

Shawna Cross
marketing manager

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Craft Activity: Floral Baking
Union Square Donut: Vietnamese Coffee
Massachusetts Camping Area: Sandy Neck Beach