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Ey Up Duck Print


Ey up duck!

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Ey Up Duck Print

Ey Up Duck Print is inspired by one of our popular greetings cards and the colourful Derbyshire dialect.

Why duck?

Ey up, also written as ‘ay up’, ‘ayup’ or ‘eyup’ is a Midlands greeting, used widely throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. Thought to be of Old Norse origin ‘se upp’ and “m’ duck” it dates back to Saxon times here in England and is thought to be derived from a respectful Anglo Saxon form of address, ‘Duk’, ‘Duc’ or ‘Duka’ – literally ‘duke’ – and is totally unrelated to waterfowl. So don’t be offended, we’re being nice!

Local lad Jack O’Connell spreads the word


The wonderful image of the duck is printed in black ink, with the local salutation printed in a fantastic fluorescent orange. We used vintage metal type and printed it on our Cropper Charlton proofing press.


  • Printed on: Fabriano 225gsm
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 250mm (B5)
  • Font: Grotesque Condensed
  • Press: Franklin Proofing Press (Cropper Charlton)
  • This print is sold unframed

See our other letterpress prints for sale here

The print is despatched securely within board to protect it in transit within 1-2 business days after payment has been received.

[NOTE] Each print is individually printed on our vintage press so please remember that minor variations will occur which is the beauty of hand printing! Please also remember that colours may vary across computer screens.


Every purchase you make helps to support The Smallprint Company, so thanks for shopping with us!

About The Smallprint Co.

Hannah and Chris have brought their passion for print to the high street with their boutique studio close to the centre of Derby and its famous Cathedral Quarter. The team prints letterpress commissions for private clients and small businesses, facilitates workshops both on and off site, and produces a range of popular greetings cards and stationery for retail. A gallery is situated to the front of the studio which showcases work by both printmakers and their workshop attendees. They welcome volunteers to the studio to help with cataloguing their expanding collection of type too, so get in touch if you fancy getting your hands inky!

Additional information

Weight 199 g


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