Water Street

Bowne & Co., Stationers

A gift and fine goods emporium

Bowne & Co., Stationers, New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775, and grew as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1975, Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with the Seaport Museum to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District.

Monday – Sunday | 11am – 7pm
211 Water Street

Bowne & Co., Printing Office

Custom 19th-century letterpress printing

Bowne & Co., Printing Office, Re-opening May 25th. We are building something special that we are excited to share with you. Check back on May 25th to see what we’ve been up to.

Interesting in having us print for you? Bowne & Co., Printing Office is open by appointment for custom printing inquiries. Email bowne@seany.org or call 646-628-2707 to make an appointment.

Bowne & Co. Stationers will remain open 11am-7pm 7 days a week.

The Bowne & Co., Printing Office continues the age old tradition of job (or small batch) printing. Using seven historic presses from South Street Seaport Museum’s working collection; our resident printers create individual designs using custom plates or historic fonts. Visitors are invited to watch and discuss the history and contemporary relevance of letterpress, buy hand-printed items and order customs prints.

Printing Workshops at the Bowne & Co., Printing Office use traditional methods and historic presses that once documented marine trade for contemporary artisanal projects. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming workshops.

Open by appointment only | Re-opening to the public May 25, 2019
207-209 Water Street

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