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January 31, 2016


Lydia Derrick Wherry found a new calling in her family’s old newspaper pressroom in South Carolina.

The company: Ancesserie letterpress creates modern stationery, invitations and gifts in Edgefield, SC. Many of the elegant paper goods are hand-crafted from the 19th newspaper type and plates used by Wherry’s great and great-great grandfathers to produce The Edgefield Advertiser, the longest running newspaper in South Carolina. The paper has been her family for four generations.

The company name: Ancesserie comes from the Old French word for ancestry.

Owner & designer: After graduating from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, Wherry took a course in letterpress printing at the Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio and honed her skills under the wing of several Georgia printers and at workshops offered by the Ladies of Letterpress, a trade group. In 2011, she started Ancesserie in the basement of her home in Atlanta, then moved production and distribution to The Edgefield Advertiser building on the town square in Edgefield.

The goods: Ready-to-buy letterpress note cards, place cards, greeting cards, coasters and journals. Also custom stationery, note cards, business cards, wedding suites and baby announcements.

What’s popular: Southern Sayings coasters and Southern Sayings note cards ($14 per box); Antler small notes ($24); Timber card holders: $12 for a box of four cedar card holders; and the Texting note pad ($6.50.)

Other favorites: Boxed set of note cards ($20 to $24) with popular themes, including assorted bow ties; quail; pointer; oyster shell; and palm frond.

Claim to fame: They print coasters and personalized stationery for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, find Ancesserie products at the Preserving Place, 1170 Howell Mill Road ( and at Onward Reserve ( locations in Buckhead and Ponce City Market.


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