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Happy Butter + Egg Days Petaluma!

This weekend, Petaluma, California celebrates it’s 29th Butter & Egg Days with a parade, street fair and antique fair. It’s a local version of Founders’ Day in that it celebrates the town’s heritage. When we moved to Petaluma in 1999, a neighbor told us that everyone in town is either IN the parade or AT the parade. They were absolutely right! We went from bystanders to pulling red wagons full of princesses, cowboys and chicks over the years. It’s the highlight of the year for just about every child in town and it is one of the many things that make Petaluma one of America’s great small towns.

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Butter & Egg Day letterpress poster design by Erin Shetterly, ©Dauphine Press

Dauphine Wedding – Melinda & Aaron {Part One}

Wedding bells continue to ring at Dauphine Press, this time for Melinda McVay. Melinda is an elite member of the A-Team, the unsung heroes of our print studio. She and her fellow teammates make it all come together for each and every job that carefully passes through our hands. Melinda gives new meaning to quality control. She oversees plate making, packaging, shipping and makes sure every ribbon, grommet, backer, tip-on and assembly is letter-perfect every time. Her attention to detail is consummate, so of course we’re not in the least bit surprised that she’s turned her love of perfect details to her upcoming wedding.

Even before Melinda and Aaron took to riding a vintage Schwinn tandem (a Christmas gift from Aaron), Melinda had a keen interest in wedding photography. When it came to the ever-important engagement shoot, Melinda and Aaron really wanted an unexpected approach that would stand out. Fate and genius lead them to Roger and Lyndzee Ellsworth at Eplove. One look at these photos and it’s evident why the couple traveled to Southern California for the shoot.








Some of Melinda and Aaron’s photos were also featured at the Wedding Chicks. The wedding is taking place in a few short weeks at an apple farm in Sebastopol, California. We cannot wait to see how Eplove captures their big day. We will be posting more of Melinda’s creative details in the weeks to come.

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Earlier this week on The Fine Print, we showcased Cinderella stamps which we designed and printed for the Absolutely Best Cotton Deluxe Envelopes Fancy Guide (or ABCDEFG for short). This guide was the clever party favor for the Correspondence Salon sponsored by Crane & Co. at the opening of Alphabetilately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

The guide’s airmail imagery and color scheme were a perfect tie-in to an exhibit about the collecting of stamps and the sending of mail.

The contents of the slipcase were postal as well, a series of cards each profiling a different envelope size in the Crane offering.

The guide also received a Merit Award from Print Magazine.





Cinderella Stamps

Cinderella stamps look like postage stamps, but are not “genuine” as they are not government-issued. They cannot be used as postage, so they are the step-child of real stamps. As such, Cinderellas have a long and colorful history in the world of philately and are sought after by many collectors. On a recent project, we had a chance to create three Cinderellas for a collaborative piece that we designed and printed for Crane & Co. in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for the opening reception of Alphabetilately.

The exhibition (which has been extended until October 29, 2010!) explores 26 topics, each illustrated with a Cinderella created by a different graphic designer, one for each letter of the alphabet. They can be viewed on line here.


Dauphine’s project featured three Cinderella stamps printed on dry-gummed paper and pinhole-perforated by hand. The Crane & Co. Cinderella depicts a cotton plant, referencing the fact that Crane makes 100% cotton papers. The National Postal Museum’s Cinderella has a global airmail motif, referencing the world of stamps. Dauphine Design’s Cinderella depicts a Savannah Sparrow, a motif we frequently use. The Dauphine and Crane “denominations” combine to make up the year (2008), and the Smithsonian’s stamp is valued at 15 NPMs referring to the Museum’s 15th anniversary.



Our love of these faux postage stamps dates back to a much earlier project. For several years, Dauphine Press also had a retail stationery store. We taught workshops there, including a class on printing faux postage stamps which we printed on our Vandercook.


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