The tradition of hand-printing is passed from father to son. Pracucci Sante, the grandfather of Alfonso Marchi, came from a large farming family; he came to town to work at the printer’s and took over the business at the start of the 20th century. Even when he took over the business, hand-printing was on the point of disappearing. In the workshop was Alfredo Marchi, a young man from the country with a talent for art and design. He studied art and design with the master A. Ghinelli of Santarcangelo; he was also a music lover and played the cor anglais under Giulio Faini. Alfredo was highly talented, playing with the orchestra of the Vittorio Emanuele theatre in Rimini and much in demand by various bands. At the workshop he met and fell in love with Pia Pracucci, Sante’s daughter; they married and had 3 children, Laura, Maura and their son Alfonso. When he left school Alfonso spent time in the workshop learning the art of hand-carving printing plates and developed a passion for this ancient trade. After the Second World War, during which most of the wooden printing plates were destroyed, he considered closing down.