30 Jun Meet Master Leung: letterpress printer at Kam Hing Printing 梁先生：印刷師傅
MADE IN SYP
This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Sai Ying Pun. We discovered SYP through the lens of locals. We visited 16 local craftsmen, to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories. See what they create; learn what they love and feel their passion. Time to explore Kam Hing Printing!
“We have to be systematic in stocking the characters. If we would try to find them one by one, it would take ages”
The collection of lead typeface is neatly stored in wooden boxes for easy identification 一排一排字粒井然有序地排在木箱內
Kam Hing is one of the few old-school print shops left in Hong Kong and Mr. Leung is the proud owner of an original letterpress machine. A stark reminder of the past heydays the local printing industry, owner Mr. Leung still recalls the time when he spent more time at work than at home. ‘I used to work more than 8 hours a day, the company also provided food for all workers. The busiest time was 1989 when the stock markets were doing well, I worked till 9pm every day.’ he says.
Unique vintage shopfront, so characteristic for this old Hong Kong neighbourhood 獨特的舖面反映著西營盤的歷史
The collection of lead typeface is neatly stored in wooden boxes. English letters in alphabetical order, Chinese characters in cube shelving with the typefaces stacked into a square or column, facing outward, for easy identification. “We have to be systematic in stocking the characters. If we would try to find them one by one, it would take ages. For example, the word Kung is always next to Si. Together it means company, a word we often use.” says Mr. Leung.
一走進店舖，你會看到一排一排字粒井然有序地排在木箱內。英文字粒按順序排列，中文字粒一行一行疊起，向外展示，方便查找。「我們「執字粒」十分有系統。如果逐個單字找，會花很多長時間 。所以 「公」字附近必會找到個「司」字。」
The lead letters are not made anymore, so we can’t afford to lose one 字粒已停止生產，店舖絕對不能夠失去任何一粒
The word Kung is always next to Si. Together it means company, a word we often use 「公」字附近必會找到個「司」字
Getting married? Need unique name cards? Kam Hing Printing produces high-quality hand printed cards and leaflets and is happy to tailor one for you.
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