The Museum of Printing

The Museum of Printing The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of printing materials and equipment in the United States. Explore it and see how printing has molded your life - from art and photography, to newspapers and books, to virtually anything you read.
The Museum of Printing was incorporated in 1978 to save printing equipment and library materials associated with arcane technologies. The Museum is home to many special collections and exhibits, and contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting, and bindery machines, as well as a library of books and printing related documents.
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Printing has been the predecessor to advancements in civilization. Gutenberg's invention of movable type spread religion, improved printing press' fostered America's revolution and today's digital type creates the words on your computer and electronic table

Mission: The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship.

Coming up a week from Saturday (February 29) is Movie Day at the Museum of Printing. We will show two vintage films: “Ty...
02/19/2020

Coming up a week from Saturday (February 29) is Movie Day at the Museum of Printing. We will show two vintage films: “Type Speaks!” from ATF and “The Eighth Wonder” from Linotype.

For more info see:
https://museumofprinting.org/news-and-events/movie-day/

We had so much fun last week being interviewed by the "New Hampshire Chronicle" team of Audrey Cox and Paul Falco! They ...
02/18/2020

We had so much fun last week being interviewed by the "New Hampshire Chronicle" team of Audrey Cox and Paul Falco! They spent the day with us at the Museum touring, casting type on the Ludlow, and printing on our Vandercook SP15 and Adams' iron hand presses.

The segment is scheduled to air Friday, February 21st, at 7:00 pm on WMUR, Channel 9. Chronicle is a nightly TV magazine program about the people and places that make New Hampshire (and our northeast corner of Massachusetts) special. How they’ll edit so many hours of taping down to a 6 minute clip is beyond us.

Many thanks to our volunteer “stars" who did such a fine job, especially Frank Romano, Barry Green, Billy Soucy, and Craig Busteed.

“Colonial Memories” and “The Little Hatchet” are layout examples from the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Preferred Type Fa...
02/17/2020

“Colonial Memories” and “The Little Hatchet” are layout examples from the Barnhart Brothers & Spindler Preferred Type Faces Book Number 10 (1913).

#PresidentsDay

Saturday’s Letterpress workshop was a great success! Many thanks to instructor Craig Busteed (who was ably assisted by T...
02/17/2020

Saturday’s Letterpress workshop was a great success! Many thanks to instructor Craig Busteed (who was ably assisted by Ted Leigh). Here are some shots of a few of the class members and their work. Nice going!

New to our gift shop — this timely and beautiful poster by artist and designer, Lance Hidy.  The Museum is honored to ha...
02/15/2020

New to our gift shop — this timely and beautiful poster by artist and designer, Lance Hidy.

The Museum is honored to have a substantial exhibit of Lance’s work. Come for a visit any Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and have a look!

“Untroubled by thy days!” “In thy welfare I rejoice!” “Hope sustain thee ever!” “Thy esteem I ever prize!” “Have kindly ...
02/14/2020

“Untroubled by thy days!”

“In thy welfare I rejoice!”

“Hope sustain thee ever!”

“Thy esteem I ever prize!”

“Have kindly thoughts of me!”

From the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromolithography collection.

#ValentinesDay

This printer’s valentine (a John R. Biggs quote) comes from the March 1986, Number 14 issue of The Leadstacker, publishe...
02/14/2020

This printer’s valentine (a John R. Biggs quote) comes from the March 1986, Number 14 issue of The Leadstacker, published by John Horn of Shooting Star Press, APA No. 553.

It was created as a Valentine’s gift to "fellow lovers of typography” and “set and printed by hand with love” by Rick von Holdt, Foolproof Press, APA No. 546, in February 1986.

Some great letterpress work for Valentine’s Day!

#ValentinesDay

Six sweet offered bouquets with messages like “My heart is thine in truth and love” from the Museum’s George Spencer Vib...
02/13/2020

Six sweet offered bouquets with messages like “My heart is thine in truth and love” from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromolithography collection.

#ValentinesDay

Thanks for the mention!
02/13/2020
Essex County Creates

Thanks for the mention!

What are you up to this weekend? There are lots of things to do in the North Shore! Including:

Basic Letterpress Workshop is presented by The Museum of Printing at Museum of Printing, Haverhill MA on February 15th from 10 am to 4 pm. Come learn the basics of letterpress printing here at the Museum of Printing. Get familiar with the terms, tools, and mechanics of letterpress. Find out all about furniture, reglets, spacing, leading, chases, and quoins.

The Cape Ann School of Painting is presented by Cape Ann Museum at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA on February 15th at 3 pm to 4 pm. Stapleton Kearns and T. M. Nicholas have spent most of their lifetimes studying the artists of the Cape Ann School of painting. In this lecture they will show works by Aldro Hibbard, Lester Stevens, Emile Gruppe, Anthony Thieme, Jane Peterson and more, dissecting their compositions and digging down into how they created their paintings, noting commonalities that constitute the “Cape Ann style.”

Reverend Robert B. Jones Sr., Eric Kilburn opens is presented by New Moon Coffeehouse at New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA on February 15th at 8 pm. A pastor, a songwriter, a storyteller, a multi-instrumentalist, an award-winning educator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music; that is the Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. from Detroit, Michigan.

What's on Your Calendar? Discover more at essexcountycreates.org
#essexcountycreates #essexcounty #creativecounty #eventcalendar #artsandculture

“With Fond Love to Thee” – A chromolithograph from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert Collection.  #ValentinesDay
02/13/2020

“With Fond Love to Thee” – A chromolithograph from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert Collection.

#ValentinesDay

Six fans with messages of love and affection from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromolithography collection. #Val...
02/12/2020

Six fans with messages of love and affection from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromolithography collection.

#ValentinesDay

Artist & wood engraver Anna Hogan (1921-2017) printed this lovely heart-themed Valentine Design sometime in the 1980s. H...
02/12/2020

Artist & wood engraver Anna Hogan (1921-2017) printed this lovely heart-themed Valentine Design sometime in the 1980s. Her inspiration was a chocolate heart that she and her sister received.

Stop by any Saturday (10-4) to see our permanent display of Anna’s prints.

#ValentinesDay

This very special Inland Printer cover from February of 1930 has a charming masquerade-themed illustration by Carl Junge...
02/11/2020

This very special Inland Printer cover from February of 1930 has a charming masquerade-themed illustration by Carl Junge, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The back cover, for you Linotype lovers, is an advertisement for Wide Auxiliaries.

#ValentinesDay

“For My Darling” – A chromolithograph from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert Collection.  #ValentinesDay
02/11/2020

“For My Darling” – A chromolithograph from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert Collection.

#ValentinesDay

As Valentine’s Day approaches we’ll be posting some love-themed images from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromoli...
02/10/2020

As Valentine’s Day approaches we’ll be posting some love-themed images from the Museum’s George Spencer Vibbert chromolithography collection. The George Spencer Vibbert Company manufactured and sold fancy Victorian calling cards and “scraps,” in Clintonville, Connecticut from about 1875 until after the turn of the 19th century. In 1887 their card business was referred to as the second largest of its kind in the United States. Their products were shipped to every state of the union and several foreign countries. Included in this collection are extensive samples of all components of the company’s product line as well as Victorian scrapbooks, records, tools, and even an unpublished manuscript about George Spencer Vibbert's life written by his grandson. The Museum has a display of Vibbert Company chromolithography Victorian scraps in the art gallery.

#ValentinesDay

We’ll start off this week of Valentines with a flower in an advertisement from the November 1889 issue of The Inland Pri...
02/09/2020

We’ll start off this week of Valentines with a flower in an advertisement from the November 1889 issue of The Inland Printer. The promotion is two pronged: (1) for New York printer and stationer John Polhemus; and (2) for Geo. Mather’s Sons’ Inks.

A black & white version appeared in the next month’s issue with this note: “Key form to colored insert shown in November issue.” The word “Key” here refers to the black line plate. This is the origin for the use of the letter K to represent black (or more specifically, the key plate) in CMYK.

#ValentinesDay

Here’s an elegant example from the Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection: Bernhard Modern Roman and Italic. Bernhard...
02/08/2020

Here’s an elegant example from the Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection: Bernhard Modern Roman and Italic. Bernhard Modern was designed by Lucian Bernhard for the American Type Founders in 1937.

On the sample page the quote “Mark well the beauty of pages printed with care” is used, but is not fully revealed until it is set in 8 point.

The heading “To Interpret Elegance in Print” is underscored by repeated use of a dove motif.

This brochure is just one of the many examples in the Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection. Come see it today while the exhibit is still up. We’re open Saturdays from 10 to 4.

Mark your calendars! Saturday, February 29th is Movie Day at the Museum of Printing. We will show two vintage films: “Ty...
02/07/2020

Mark your calendars! Saturday, February 29th is Movie Day at the Museum of Printing. We will show two vintage films: “Type Speaks!” from ATF and “The Eighth Wonder” from Linotype. We will also show clips from mainstream movies that involved print. And, Museum President Frank Romano will provide live commentary. One-hour showings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Popcorn will be served!

For more info see:
https://museumofprinting.org/news-and-events/movie-day/
and Doug Wilson's web site: http://printingfilms.com/

Not long ago we found a great old piece of cast iron in a parts bucket with the message "Oil the Parts" on it. We liked ...
02/06/2020

Not long ago we found a great old piece of cast iron in a parts bucket with the message "Oil the Parts" on it.

We liked the sound of “Oil the Parts” so we cleaned it up and hung it in the Letterpress Studio. Then we printed some "Oil the Parts” cards.

You can get your own “Oil the Parts” card at our Gift Shop any Saturday from 10 to 4.

#oiltheparts

This illustration, "The Hand that Keeps the World Informed," is from the 1923 Manual of Linotype Typography (subtitled: ...
02/05/2020

This illustration, "The Hand that Keeps the World Informed," is from the 1923 Manual of Linotype Typography (subtitled: Prepared to aid Users and Producers of Printing in securing Greater Unity and Real Beauty in the Printed Page).

This document was co-authored by William Dana Orcutt (book designer, typeface designer, historian, and author) and Edward E. Bartlett (Director of Linotype Typography). The book was published by Mergenthaler Linotype and features handsome endpapers with silhouetted Linotype matrices.

The November 14, 1903 issue of Scientific American was dedicated to the business of printing. An advertisement in that i...
02/04/2020

The November 14, 1903 issue of Scientific American was dedicated to the business of printing. An advertisement in that issue declares that the Linotype is a worldwide success and includes a message from Philip T. Dodge, President of Mergenthaler Linotype Company: “Ten thousand machines are doing the work of 50,000 compositors, and more accurately.”

The Museum of Printing's cover photo
02/03/2020

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

This reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword comes to us from the 39th edition of “Hill’s Manual of Social and ...
02/03/2020

This reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword comes to us from the 39th edition of “Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms: A Guide to Correct Writing” (1883), which was recently donated to the Museum’s library. Thomas E. Hill, also the author of “Hill’s Album of Biography and Art,” provides the reader with 500 pages of instruction and examples in penmanship, spelling, etiquette, letters, punctuation, and lots more. It promises to show the reader how to “express written thought plainly, rapidly, elegantly and correctly.”

Saturday’s Hot Metal Day was a huge success! Thanks to all who came out and particularly to our dedicated volunteers: Mi...
02/03/2020

Saturday’s Hot Metal Day was a huge success! Thanks to all who came out and particularly to our dedicated volunteers: Michael Babcock (shown here at the Linotype keyboard), Craig Busteed, Barry Green, Laurie Hartman, Ted Leigh, Carolyn Muskat, Frank Romano, John Rogers, and Billy Soucy.

02/01/2020

For our Mystery Photo - If you guessed our Model 31 Linotype's electrical connections, you're correct! Thanks for playing, you're a challenging audience to stump!

We'll have our Hot Metal Day tomorrow (Saturday) 10-4. Hope to see you there!

Here’s another mystery related to Saturday’s big event at the Museum of Printing (Hot Metal Day, Sat. Feb.1 from 10 am t...
01/31/2020

Here’s another mystery related to Saturday’s big event at the Museum of Printing (Hot Metal Day, Sat. Feb.1 from 10 am to 4 pm).

Any idea what it is?

Photo Credit: Mel Briggle, Newburyport Art Association

For additional info on Hot Metal Day, visit https://museumofprinting.org.

Times sure have changed! For a glimpse at our past, come visit us this Saturday February 1st from 10 to 4 for Hot Metal ...
01/31/2020

Times sure have changed!

For a glimpse at our past, come visit us this Saturday February 1st from 10 to 4 for Hot Metal Day.

For more information, visit our web site at https://museumofprinting.org/

Merrimack Valley Magazine
01/30/2020
Merrimack Valley Magazine

Merrimack Valley Magazine

Visit The Museum of Printing this Saturday for Hot Metal Day. Learn how the Linotype changed the world with demonstrations, lectures and short films. Cast your name, favorite word or emoji in hot metal and print a keepsake with Museum staff in their Letterpress Studio.

They sure don’t write copy like this anymore! “Hidalgo is the type a designer needs every time he wants to smash a word ...
01/29/2020

They sure don’t write copy like this anymore!

“Hidalgo is the type a designer needs every time he wants to smash a word into a page as a brick through the shop-window: it is heavy, compact and has the effect of calling everybody’s attention. It is a considerable aid to the designer that Hidalgo gives such strongly marked horizontal lines – the words have clear outlines, easily balancing the lay-out. With a suitable spacing you make Hidalgo rattle like a machine-gun but printed in soft colors it moves along as proud and dainty as a debutante in her first Paris frock!”

This example comes from our Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection. We’re keeping the special exhibit up a bit longer because of popular demand. Come see it this Saturday from 10-4.

Note: Hidalgo was designed by Stefan Schlesinger around 1940. For more on the Typefoundry Amsterdam, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Type_foundry

Here’s a video of Museum of Printing board member Jim Hamilton speaking with Printing Impressions magazine editor Mark M...
01/28/2020
History Buffs Will Love the Museum of Printing

Here’s a video of Museum of Printing board member Jim Hamilton speaking with Printing Impressions magazine editor Mark Michelson about the museum and its many attractions.
https://www.piworld.com/xchange/news-desk/museum-printing-well-worth-trip/

Jim Hamilton, who serves as a volunteer board member at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass., describes some of the museum's new exhibits, its extensive library, and letterpress workshops. It also features old printing presses and Linotype typesetting equipment from Frank Romano.

Be sure to check out the Linotype display case in the Romano Library at Hot Metal Day this Saturday, February 1st! The c...
01/28/2020

Be sure to check out the Linotype display case in the Romano Library at Hot Metal Day this Saturday, February 1st! The case holds Museum President Frank Romano’s lifetime collection of Linotype treasures and historic artifacts. These photos offer a small sampling of the discoveries inside.

At 11 am and 2 pm, Mr. Romano, printing historian and Linotype expert, will lecture on the history of the Linotype and Ludlow. Each lecture will be followed by a showing of ‘Linotype: The Film’ at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

A fun day is planned! We’ll be demonstrating our hot metal equipment — a Linotype Model 31 and Ludlow. Visitors can cast a line on the Ludlow and print with us in the Letterpress Studio. Learn how Ottmar Mergenthaler’s invention of the Linotype changed the world!

It’s all happening this Saturday, February 1st, from 10 am to 4 pm at 15 Thornton Avenue in Haverhill, MA. See our website museumofprinting.org for more info.

The Museum of Printing's cover photo
01/28/2020

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

Congrats, Frank!
01/28/2020

Congrats, Frank!

RIT's own Professor Emeritus Frank Romano, accepted the American Printing History Association (APHA) individual achievement award on January 25, 2020. He spoke about exciting developments at the The Museum of Printing. Cary Associate Curator Amelia Fontanel was voted in as APHA VP of Programs at the same meeting. Go RIT Print!

Acquiring, restoring, and delivering printing presses is a big part of what we do at the Museum of Printing. It seems li...
01/26/2020

Acquiring, restoring, and delivering printing presses is a big part of what we do at the Museum of Printing. It seems like we’re always moving something giant and heavy. Here are a few pics of our adventures from December.

This Golding Pearl #3 was pulled out of a snow bank and will be used for parts. What a stroke of luck to have access to the donor’s tractor.

With the help of a pallet jack, the 1874 Gordon 10x15 platen press in the second photo was dropped into the letterpress display in the museum like it had eyes.

The Golding Pearl #11 in the photo with the pickup truck was sold at November’s Letterpress Sale. Here it is being loaded into the owner’s vehicle for transport to its new home using the hoist in our garage.

Our volunteer crew makes all this look as easy as pie but it’s not. They are a talented, smart bunch of guys who rely on engineering and the right tools to get these jobs done. A big shout-out and many thanks to Mitch Ahern, Craig Busteed, Ted Leigh, John Rogers, and Billy Soucy for all they do!

From the Museum’s Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection, we want to share this ninety-year-old American Type Founder...
01/26/2020

From the Museum’s Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection, we want to share this ninety-year-old American Type Founders brochure for their "Two-Series Modernage Typography.”

The term “two-series” as it’s used here refers to two typefaces — Raleigh Cursive and Modernique — used together in a complementary fashion. Modernique was designed by Morris Fuller Benton, one of America’s most prolific designers of metal type, in 1928. Designer Willard T. Sniffen drew Raleigh Cursive in 1929, which AFT released in 1930. The sixteen-page brochure showcases the two faces and examples of their use in combination.

To quote from the text “We are living in a fast-moving age and catering to the most exacting and discriminating people in the history of the World. You must be modern.”!

Stop by any Saturday from 10 to 4 and check out the many lovely pieces of typographic ephemera on display.

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I'd like to share this news article from my home province of Nova Scotia. Deep Hollow, btw, is not a "made up" name; there really is a Deep Hollow Road not far from my hometown and where Laura has her print shop.
Happy 98th Birthday Anna Hogan
I recently read a interesting blog post about a character I've not seen before. Three (or four) vertical dashes. See https://shadycharacters.co.uk/2016/02/typewriters-and-pilcrows/. Can you folks shed any light on this discussion?
Check this out for 100 free things to do with and without kids this summer in Massachusetts! The Museum of Printing is on the list for this week! https://www.facebook.com/musefulmom/posts/1836884646415137
To anyone I know in Boston, and friends of The Museum of Printing: this event is at Union Press tonight! If you miss it, don't worry, I'll be at Reflex Letterpress on Sunday and Bow and Arrow Press on Wednesday. https://www.facebook.com/events/420076512092156/
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Thank you to our hosts at The Museum of Printing for their hospitality on Saturday, and for being such a fascinating place to hold a meeting about the New England Authors Expo. Fun to have my name set in lead type, too!