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.

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.

Mark your calendars! Come see the movie, Graphic Means, at the Museum on Saturday, June 29th, at 1:00 p.m. Graphic Means...
05/18/2019

Mark your calendars! Come see the movie, Graphic Means, at the Museum on Saturday, June 29th, at 1:00 p.m.

Graphic Means is a documentary that explores graphic design production from the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition to desktop publishing, and from paste-up to PDF. The Museum of Printing will have a unique screening with commentary by Museum President, Frank Romano, who participates in the award-winning film. The film was created by Briar Levit, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University in Oregon.

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05/16/2019

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

Join us this Saturday, May 18th, for a not-to-be-missed event with artist, Abigail Rorer! She will be with us for the da...
05/15/2019

Join us this Saturday, May 18th, for a not-to-be-missed event with artist, Abigail Rorer! She will be with us for the day (10-4) demonstrating wood engraving, printing in the Letterpress Studio, and talking about her work. While you’re here, view the Wood Engravers’ Network Third Triennial Exhibit, all 64 engravings by 37 artists.

Pictured are the two works Abigail has in the WEN Exhibit: “Stumpery”, a relief engraving measuring 8.375” x 10”, and “Stampede”, a multi-color relief engraving with linocut and hand-coloring, 11.75” x 16.75”.

Photos courtesy of the Wood Engravers’ Network.

Customers surely lingered over Sample Book No. 1 of BUCKEYE COVERS from the Beckett Paper Company of Hamilton Ohio. The ...
05/13/2019

Customers surely lingered over Sample Book No. 1 of BUCKEYE COVERS from the Beckett Paper Company of Hamilton Ohio. The year was 1894, this was the first cover paper on the market, and there were wondrous illustrations on every page. (Take a look ➙ )

Beckett Paper Company launched operations in Hamilton, Ohio in 1848. Partners came and went over the course of the company’s first four decades with several name changes before incorporating as The Beckett Paper Company in 1887. Thomas Beckett, son of the founder, joined the company at that time and brought new production methods, including paper making machines that used wood pulp. It was Thomas who launched the Buckeye Cover brand of colored paper in 1894, a stock that soon gained a reputation for high quality. The mill was managed by the Beckett family for 126 years. Between 1959 and 2005, the Beckett Paper Company mill was bought and sold several times before finally closing in 2012. The buckeye, Ohio’s state tree, served as Beckett’s corporate logo until 1998.

The Museum holds a large and fascinating collection of paper samples dating from the 1800’s. Many sample books and advertisements were designed by some of the great graphic designers (W. A. Dwiggins comes to mind) and offer a window into the evolution of the printing art.

💐 Happy Mother’s Day 💐This image is from a rare F. A. Ringler Company sample book of electrotypes from the late ...
05/11/2019

💐 Happy Mother’s Day 💐

This image is from a rare F. A. Ringler Company sample book of electrotypes from the late 1800’s.

Ottmar Mergenthaler’s 165th birthday is Saturday, May 11th!  (1854-1899)Ottmar’s 1884 invention of the Linotype revo...
05/10/2019

Ottmar Mergenthaler’s 165th birthday is Saturday, May 11th! (1854-1899)

Ottmar’s 1884 invention of the Linotype revolutionized the printing industry and literally changed the world. His machine easily and quickly cast entire lines of type in hot metal, replacing the slow process of setting foundry type letter by letter. This seemingly small technological change revolutionized typesetting and with it newspaper and book publishing, vastly accelerating the spread of news and knowledge throughout the world.

The Museum's Linotype collection includes these two original photos of Ottmar Mergenthaler. One shows him as a young man in 1874, before he embarked on his famous invention, and the other was taken in 1898 toward the end of his life. Stop by the Museum any Saturday, 10-4, and learn all about Mergenthaler’s inspiring story and his history-changing invention.

Some excellent reference materials on the Linotype are available in our Gift Shop including the DVD Digipak of Doug Wilson’s “Linotype: the Film” and Frank Romano’s books “History of the Linotype Company” and “Machine Writing and Typesetting".

Letterpress flourishes (oh, so pretty).Though the word “flourish” has many meanings, in printing it refers to an orn...
05/09/2019

Letterpress flourishes (oh, so pretty).

Though the word “flourish” has many meanings, in printing it refers to an ornamental stroke. The 1871 edition of the “American Encyclopedia of Printing” calls it “a figure formed by bold and fanciful lines, generally curved”.

Pictured are a collection of foundry flourishes, a typical specimen catalog page, and excerpts from “American Encyclopedia of Printing”.

The Museum of Printing will be participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays initiative on Friday...
05/07/2019

The Museum of Printing will be participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays initiative on Friday, July 5th. Admission to the Museum will be free that day!

We’re excited to reveal our 2019 #FreeFunFridays lineup today! With 100 participating venues across the Commonwealth, you’ll be able to visit many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, from art museums to zoos, all at no cost. From June 28th through August 30th, enjoy 10 consecutive weeks with 10 options for FREE summer fun. Don't forget to share with friends and family!

http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays

Museum President, Frank Romano, enjoyed attending the Boxford Cultural Council Grantee Reception on Sunday afternoon. Th...
05/07/2019

Museum President, Frank Romano, enjoyed attending the Boxford Cultural Council Grantee Reception on Sunday afternoon. The Museum appreciates the support of the Boxford Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other funders with our 2019 programming.

Great company, laughs and whoopie pies from The Whoo(pie) Wagon at the #BoxfordCulturalCouncil Grantee Reception this past Sunday. Congrats to the grantees, including The Museum of Printing West Boxford Improvement Society and council members! Thank you Mary Anne Nay, Selectman, Town of Boxford and #BarbaraJessel for joining us!

What a great poster workshop we had with these fine folks the last two Saturdays!
05/05/2019

What a great poster workshop we had with these fine folks the last two Saturdays!

Some folks wrote us to see if an item they discovered in their new house has any value. Funny — I’ve got one of thos...
05/05/2019

Some folks wrote us to see if an item they discovered in their new house has any value. Funny — I’ve got one of those in my bathroom, too.

The Museum of Printing's cover photo
05/04/2019

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

The Museum of Printing is thrilled to be part of Free Fun Fridays this summer for the first time! Watch for details incl...
05/02/2019

The Museum of Printing is thrilled to be part of Free Fun Fridays this summer for the first time! Watch for details including the full schedule to be released on May 7th.

Coming soon...the 2019 Free Fun Fridays schedule release!!!

Check back here or HighlandStreet.org on May 7th for the complete calendar!

Join Museum President Frank Romano on Saturday, May 11th, at 1 pm for a lecture on the “History of Phototypesetting”...
05/02/2019

Join Museum President Frank Romano on Saturday, May 11th, at 1 pm for a lecture on the “History of Phototypesetting”.

Frank literally wrote the book, which BTW is available in our Gift Shop (signed by the author!).

Happy May Day from the Museum of Printing! We’re bringing you May flowers from a 1901 American Type Founders' advertis...
05/01/2019

Happy May Day from the Museum of Printing!

We’re bringing you May flowers from a 1901 American Type Founders' advertisement in The Inland Printer magazine.

The Museum maintains a substantial collection of Monotype and Linotype matrices. Shown here are Monotype matrices (in ma...
05/01/2019

The Museum maintains a substantial collection of Monotype and Linotype matrices. Shown here are Monotype matrices (in matrix case) and Linotype matrices on display in our Hot Metal area.

Where Linotypes cast entire lines (slugs) of type, Monotypes cast individual letters similar to classical moveable type. Unlike the Linotype, the Monotype system consisted of two machines - the caster and the keyboard. Several keyboard operators could send their output (a paper roll) to a single caster, increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the caster. The operator controlled many typographic functions such as letter and word spacing, size, font, and justification. Linotype and Monotype were fierce competitors for years. The printing industry recognized there were strengths and weaknesses in both systems and printers opted for the machine best suited to their individual printing operation.

We’re hoping to get our Monotype up and casting one of these days.

In follow up to our last post, here is another image from Golding & Co.’s 1900 catalog illustrating the grand capabili...
04/26/2019

In follow up to our last post, here is another image from Golding & Co.’s 1900 catalog illustrating the grand capabilities of their “Chromatic Attachment”.

Who knew, A Chromatic Golding Jobber!In the late nineteenth century, Golding & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts introduced a...
04/24/2019

Who knew, A Chromatic Golding Jobber!

In the late nineteenth century, Golding & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts introduced a “Chromatic Attachment” for their two biggest Jobbers, the #7 (10x15) and #8 (12x18).

Having perfected the design of the one-color improved Jobber, Golding sought to convert it to a multi-color press. The company’s marketing says the Attachment was designed for printers "making a specialty of novelties”, on which "the ordinary and extraordinary work of a printing office could be done quickly and economically”. In theory, with a few minutes work, the operator could set the press to "blend the colors harmoniously”, enabling the “average, as well as the artistic printer to produce beautiful results”.

As enticing as the Chromatic Attachment sounds, the device seems to have been lost to history. We wish we had one. We’ll have to work on that. 😉

These images are from the Museum’s copy of Golding’s rare 1900 catalog.

Workshop ~ Letterpress Printing on FabricSaturday, June 22nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Join us for this popular workshop and lea...
04/23/2019

Workshop ~ Letterpress Printing on Fabric
Saturday, June 22nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for this popular workshop and learn the materials and techniques for letterpress printing on fabric!

Varieties and behaviors of inks will be discussed, along with various impression techniques: the barren, the hammer, body-weight, roller press, sleigh press, hand press and others. Working in color and registration will also be reviewed. Students will print their own work on flour-sack towels (provided). Any participants who practice linoleum block cutting are urged to bring some of their designs for printing. Instructor: Mitch Ahern. Shown are a printed T-shirt and dish towel from the last workshop. Sign up on our website. Members $105, Non-Members $125.

NOTE there are still a few spots available for our Poster Printing with Wood Type two-day workshop on April 27th and May 4th!

School tours are one of the Museum of Printing’s specialties. We welcome and regularly host visits from grade schools,...
04/22/2019

School tours are one of the Museum of Printing’s specialties. We welcome and regularly host visits from grade schools, high schools, colleges, and homeschool groups.

These sweet homeschoolers visited the Museum just last week. Each of them typed on a typewriter, set wood type, and printed. A great time was had by all!

Eggs and baskets delivered! Good job bunnies!
04/21/2019

Eggs and baskets delivered! Good job bunnies!

04/20/2019

Still some spots available for our upcoming Poster Printing with Wood Type Workshop on April 27 & May 4! museumofprinting.org

The Museum of Printing's cover photo
04/20/2019

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

WEN's 3RD Triennial Exhibition opens at the Museum of Printing this Saturday, April 20th! Join us for an Opening Recepti...
04/18/2019

WEN's 3RD Triennial Exhibition opens at the Museum of Printing this Saturday, April 20th!

Join us for an Opening Reception from 1:00 to 3:00 pm including a gallery talk and wood engraving demonstration by Evan Charney at 1:30 pm.

Pictured is “Hill Farm” by Anna Hogan (1921-2017), one of many fine works in this juried show, which features sixty-four prints by thirty-seven artists from across the United States and abroad.

As many know, Anna was a good friend and long-time supporter of the Museum and her work is on permanent exhibit. Having a piece in this Third Triennial brought her much happiness in her last months. Thanks to a wonderful donation from Anna’s family of her papers and working materials, we now know “Hill Farm” was inspired by the Boston Hill Farm in North Andover (“view from side road, white buildings against the dark hill behind"). Created by Anna in 1994, it was printed by Master Printer Herb Fox of Fox Graphics and published in the Catholic Worker newspaper.

Come see the wonderful work in this WEN exhibit and enjoy Anna Hogan’s exhibit too. The show will be here until June 22nd, after which it travels to Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, for the next leg of its three-year journey.

The Museum is located at 15 Thornton Avenue in Haverhill, MA and open every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Manicules, printer's fists, mutton fists, pointing hands… Whatever your preferred terminology — we like ‘em! These...
04/17/2019

Manicules, printer's fists, mutton fists, pointing hands… Whatever your preferred terminology — we like ‘em!

These pages are from the Museum’s copy of a James Conner’s Sons specimen catalog titled “Specimens of Plain and Ornamental Printing Types, Rules, Dashes and Ornaments, Cast at the United States Type Foundry of James Conner’s Sons, New York, Nos. 28, 30 and 3 Centre Street.”

Lecture ~ Paul Shaw on Revival Type, Sunday, June 2nd at 1 p.m.Noted type historian, Paul Shaw, will examine the many de...
04/16/2019

Lecture ~ Paul Shaw on Revival Type, Sunday, June 2nd at 1 p.m.

Noted type historian, Paul Shaw, will examine the many degrees and kinds of type revivals and discuss the differing challenges that contemporary type designers face in creating a revival. The presentation is based on the book “Revival Type: Digital Typefaces Inspired by the Past" (Yale University Press, 2017) by Paul Shaw in collaboration with Abby Goldstein.

The book is a look at nearly one hundred digital fonts and the lettering or metal typefaces they are based on. Among the typefaces he will highlight are: Trajan, Adobe Garamond, Big Caslon, ITC Bodoni, Classic Grotesque, Gill Sans, Palatino, Neue Grotesk (aka Helvetica), and Metro Nova.

Paul suffered major injuries in a 2018 attack in front of the New York Library. A funding campaign has helped to cover his expenses and his recovery has been remarkable. He confirms that he will keep his schedule and continue to educate and elucidate about the rich history of typography.

Admission is free for members and all donations will be given to Paul to help with his recovery.

Please email: [email protected] to confirm attendance.

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04/14/2019

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

Howard Iron Works Printing Museum
04/13/2019

Howard Iron Works Printing Museum

Had a fantastic time with #FrankRomano, of the The Museum of Printing, during his visit to Howard Iron Works Printing Museum and #Restoration recently. As always, it was thoroughly enjoyable, so much fun to learn from the “best in the business”
#printingmuseum #printinghistory #museumrestoration #letterpress #typography #lithography #RIT

Wood Engravers’ Network (WEN) Third Triennial ExhibitionOPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pmGallery ...
04/10/2019

Wood Engravers’ Network (WEN) Third Triennial Exhibition

OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Gallery Talk & Wood Engraving Demonstration by Evan Charney at 1:30 pm

Exhibition Dates: April 20 through June 22, 2019

Free Admission

The WEN Triennial Exhibition is a juried, traveling exhibit featuring 64 engravings by 37 artists from New England and throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Belgium. New England artists include: Evan Charney (MA), Leslie Evans (MA), R.P. Hale (NH), Eric Hoffman (RI), the late Anna Hogan (MA), and Abigail Rorer (MA).

Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process where an original drawing is cut into the surface of an end grain wood block and then inked and printed to create a reflected image of the cut block. The prints are considered multiple originals created in limited editions - not reproductions or digital creations - offering an affordable entry into collecting original artworks. Many of the prints in the exhibit will be available for sale.

The April 20th Opening Reception is supported by grants from the Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, West Newbury and Topsfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

(Evan Charney, Madonna & Child, Wood Engraving, 5” x 6”. Photo courtesy of the Wood Engravers’ Network.)

What can we say, we have a thing for oil cans. Doesn’t everybody? 🙂This nice batch will be rolled out for our Lette...
04/08/2019

What can we say, we have a thing for oil cans. Doesn’t everybody? 🙂

This nice batch will be rolled out for our Letterpress Sale next SATURDAY, April 13th, 10 am to 4 pm.

Come hang out with our letterpress crew!

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04/07/2019

The Museum of Printing's cover photo

Congrats to Hatch Show Print for 140 years and going strong
04/07/2019

Congrats to Hatch Show Print for 140 years and going strong

Every poster tells a story, and we're glad that we're still producing hundreds of stories each year, after 140 years. There's an entire exhibit up on the first floor here at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum so the next time you're in our neck of the woods, we hope you'll stop in to see it.

We're even having a little party to celebrate, on Saturday night, from 6 to 9 pm. #140yearsandcounting #letterpresshistory #letterpress #makinghistoryeveryday

In honor of today’s BOOK SALE and #caturday, we couldn’t resist posting this photo of Mr. William Addison Dwiggins. ...
04/06/2019

In honor of today’s BOOK SALE and #caturday, we couldn’t resist posting this photo of Mr. William Addison Dwiggins.

The photograph is from a book we’re offering for sale titled “WAD”. It’s a keepsake published by the Society of Printers in 1957 (photograph by Dorothy Abbe, quote from Paul Hollister’s "Note, to be Filed in a Corner-Stone”, in the catalog of William Addison Dwiggins’ work shown by the AIGA in 1937).

Our sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by for a fun day of browsing and books; we’d love to see you!

Buy the books! Come join us for the Museum’s semiannual BOOK SALE this Saturday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Yo...
04/05/2019

Buy the books! Come join us for the Museum’s semiannual BOOK SALE this Saturday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You’ll find Dwiggins, Goudy, Updike, De Vinne, Caxton, Morison, Rogers, Gill, Zapf, Franklin, Gutenberg, and more! Plus all sorts of books about books, printing, type, and graphic design. All price ranges.

While you’re here, scope out the Gift Shop for a wide range of new typography and letterpress printing titles from a variety of publishers including Godine Publishing, Society of Printers, and Swamp Press.

Museum of Printing, 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA, museumofprinting.org

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Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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