About Shop Boy
The mild-mannered, helpful and humble Shop Boy spends much of the week masquerading as Steve St. Angelo, an editor for U.S. News & World Report magazine in Washington, D.C. On weekends, though, he steps into a nearby phone booth — or he would if any existed anymore — and becomes a defender of the defunct, restorer and operator of machines the world has turned its back on. As ward of Mary Mashburn, the brains and beauty behind Baltimore’s Typecast Press, he endeavors to make clear the path to creativity, rendering powerless the enemies of letterpress. Lord of lead. Prince of polymer. King of … ah, forget about it. Mostly he cleans, lifts heavy stuff and makes light of even the worst moments. There’s a certain nobility in that.