With the advent of larger and faster offset printing machines letterpress printing was pushed aside in favour of this newer, easier way to print. Consequently a lot of the machinery and accessories used for letterpress printing were put in to storage and then eventually disposed of. Trying to buy letterpress equipment now in New Zealand is relatively difficult. Much of the lead type has been thrown out or melted down. In saying that, the self confessed collector that I am, I am the proud owner of 84 trays of letterpress type! Yes 84! Just as well our shop in The old Post Office Building has the old vault in it which is a fantastic storage area for all of my printing paraphernalia.