Vari-Typer T-Shirt

A sneak peek at a t-shirt the Night Shift created at the International Printing Museum. The silkscreen was created without the use of cameras, scanners, computers, or the like; it’s completely analog. The Vari-Typer Headliner, a photocomposition typesetting machine from the 1950s, was the descendant of a line of complex typewriters. Unlike its predecessors, the Vari-Typer Headliner used clear plastic discs that contained a negative image of the entire typeface around the disc’s circumference. By placing this font disc against the photo-sensitive emulsion of a silkscreen, it was possible to create a print-ready screen without any “middle man.” We’ll do a run of these in various colors in the near future. (Update: now available for sale on Etsy!)

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5 Responses to “Vari-Typer T-Shirt”

  1. Roy Sortino October 17, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    How can I get one on the Headliner tee shirts????
    worked for VT for over 35 years.

  2. Josh Korwin October 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi Roy! That’s fantastic, I’d love to hear more about your career at Vari-Typer! We’re going to be posting these up on Etsy very soon, we just have to do some photography of the different colors that we’re offering. I’ll let you know as soon as they’re up. Thank you!

  3. Josh Korwin October 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    We’ve posted the t-shirt for sale up on the International Printing Museum’s Etsy store. More colors will be available soon!

  4. Tamie January 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Are these available?

  5. Josh Korwin January 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    At the moment they are sold out, but we’re considering doing another run soon. We can let you know when we do. Thanks!

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