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Our Story

We print everything by hand on a Golding Pearl Old Style 1 letterpress. Located in Chicago, our small press with a big heart proves that size doesn't matter when it comes to quality printing.
Meet the ladies of Thrill of the Chase.
(Spoiler alert: one of them is the printing press.)
Meet the Chief Presswoman

Over 10 years of experience and a passion for printing.

Thrill of the Chase Press is owned and operated by me, Lorraine Reinsch. After almost 10 years in the design and advertising industry, I started this adventure as a way to get back to doing more of what I love: creating beautiful handmade work and sharing my love of quality paper with clients.

Growing up in Kansas City, I was inspired to study graphic design after a school-sponsored visit to Hallmark Cards’ design department. Today, running Thrill of the Chase allows me to combine my background in product design and branding with my expertise in print design and printmaking. I love that stationery keeps friends and family in touch with each other, shares important events and news with the world, and brings brands to life.

Whether designing your wedding suite or creating a print for your home, I look forward to sharing my passion for printing with you.

 

Lorraine’s Fun Facts
10+ Years of Experience

With former clients, such as Hallmark Cards and Thermos lunch boxes, I bring over 10 years of design, illustration and branding experience to every project. Product and web design? We’ve got that covered, too!

Located in Chicago, Illinois

Although originally from Kansas City, I now call Chicago home. While many of my clients are local, I’ve worked with individuals and brands from across the country (and around the world).

Sources of Inspiration

My product lines are inspired by the books I read, the places I travel to and the music I like. But most of my inspiration stems from the growing collection of antique wood- and metaltype I have acquired along with vintage illustration cuts I have picked up along the way.


Meet The Little Lady

Our letterpress is a little over 125 years old…and still printing!

When my father found Minnie (more commonly known as The Little Lady) at an auction, she had been languishing in a basement in the middle of Missouri. Covered in dust and ink, it took me a little over three years to restore her to working condition. Today, she prints like a dream, although I still long to repaint her original gold pin-striping.

Minnie is powered by a heart-shaped treadle, and together we truly print everything by hand: from setting type using my collection of antique wood and metal fonts to pulling each print off the press. Custom lettering and illustration? I start with sketches before moving on to linocuts or sending out for metal plates.

Minnie’s Fun Facts
125+ Years Old

Every Golding Pearl press is stamped with a serial number into their platen. Minnie’s number is 1205, and she rolled off the assembly line back on March 17, 1890.

5 x 8″ Chase

A chase is the piece of the press that locks up your type for printing. The Little Lady’s chase is 5 x 8 inches: the perfect size for printing stationery, announcements and business cards. We partner with larger presses to letterpress print our bigger jobs.

100+ Impressions Per Minute

Minnie is powered by a heart-shaped treadle, meaning that you crank her with your foot to print, much like an old-fashioned sewing machine. Together, we’ve reached speeds of over 100 prints in an hour.