Month: March 2017

ornamental caps

Check out these interchangeable ornamental caps. The three ornamental cap blocks, in the center, have a square slot cut into them. This slot allows different letters of the alphabet to be exchanged when printing. The two letters (“A” & “N”), on the left and right, are printed examples of this. I scanned them from our original 1715 Apocrypha.


Printers in the 18th century often used these interchangeable ornamental caps, but not always. As an example of this, I have also posted a letter “A” that has been carved within its own decorative scenery and is not interchangeable.

Divine Service hand bills and broadside for use at events

I am posting two types of service announcements


I made these Divine Service hand bills for you to use at events.  These are to be filled out with the appropriate time & place of your services then passed out at your events on Friday & Saturdays leading up to your Sunday services.  (Although, I see no reason not to hold services throughout each day of events like other shows).   If you do this, your attendance will be greatly improved.    These are to be printed on 8 ½ X 11 pieces of laid paper.  The images will print on the bottom edge of the paper. Set your paper cutter at 6 1/2″ and cut off the top long ways on your paper. Then turn the paper 90 degrees. Set your paper on 5 1/2 inches and cut the two hand bills apart.


I have also created a much larger broadside (poster) version that you should place up on announcement boards, hang on trees, etc. for reenactors and the public to be able to see.  You might also consider making a tri-pod out of tree branches and attaching a board and placing it where you will be preaching and keeping a broadside on it all weekend long where your services will be held.  This will also increase the numbers of people who will attend your period services.  This broadside, which you can see below, will print out to be 10″ X 12” and should be printed on 11″ X 17″ laid paper which is available from Neenah Paper Company.


I have uploaded both these handbills and broadside to our “FILES” page on our 18th Century Parson on face book so that you can download them for free from there.  You can also purchase our  8 gig “Pamphlet Memory Stick” and they will be on there.  These files will be much larger resolution than if you just download the two that you see here with this post.  That means that they will look better when printed.


I don’t see any reason at all for all of you not to use these two tools.

Robert Aitken’s original 1782 advertisement for his “Bible of the Revolution”

I spent this morning cleaning up this ad and making it look better. 
This is Robert Aitken’s original 1782 advertisement for his “Bible of the Revolution”. Notice that this is the first Bible in English ever printed in America.
We hope to have our replica of Aitken’s Bible available before the end of this year.

Mom left to be with Jesus early yesterday morning

Mom left to be with Jesus early this morning. She has wanted to be fully with Him since I can remember. Yea Mom!!! She ran a good race and is across the finish line. I could not be happier for her and I am celebrating.

I have attached a few photos taken when she was young in and around Hartford. Kentucky.

Helen had been raised in the small community of Hartford in Ohio County, but at the age of fourteen she found herself on her own in the big city of Evansville, Indiana. At first, she obtained work as a maid in someone’s home. However, in order to get a good-paying factory job in 1943, she applied for a delayed birth certificate. This certificate states that she was born in Ohio County on May 29, 1925 while she was really born on May 29, 1926. This error made her appear older and allowed her to become a “Rosie the Riveter” making airplanes for the war effort. While in Evansville, Helen met her first husband, William Herschel Hopkins. Together, they had one daughter, Sandi. Some years later, Helen married James Herman Moore, a widower with a young son named David. They combined their two families and Helen was able to become a happy stay-at-home mom. Helen and Herman had two children, James Thomas and Alicia Ann Moore.

Mom’s funeral will be this coming Saturday, March 11th.  Visitation will be at noon.  Funeral at 2:00 at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home in Owensboro, Kentucky at 519 Locust Street.


1777 Robert Aitken New Testament used in S.A.R. Ceremony

This is a photo of Garrett Lear​ being sworn in as President of The New Hampshire Society Sons of The American Revolution using the 1777 Robert Aitken New Testament that we made for him.

To get your own copy of this New Testament, visit our Etsy page at the following link:


To learn more about the Aitken New Testament and to see photos of it being hand-bound, visit our web page at the following link:

Our Modern Bound 1733 King James New Testament is ON SALE

LOWER PRICE: Our modern bound 1733 King James New Testament is ON SALE for a limited time for $29.00 at the following link:


This book is a modern bound version of our hand bound replica of our original 1733 New Testament. We scanned our original and then cleaned up the text of each page. We took these text files to Bindtech in Nashville and has these reproductions made. The tooling on the cover is a duplicate of one of our original 18th Century Books. We paid extra to have a machine “Smyth Sewn” this book. Smythe sewing is similar to how we stitch ours by hand. We picked the cover to match as close to leather as we could. It is not leather.