The .918 Club

The .918 Club Preserving letterpress printing history at the Heritage Press Museum Printing Office in Lancaster City. http://www.918club.org The .918 Club exists to provide a gathering place for people with an interest in letterpress printing.
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We are based in Building Character in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, providing volunteer opportunities and an open forum to learn and share.

Operating as usual

On Friday 2/19 & Saturday 2/20, Dave Seat & Adam Davis were at the Center attempting to get our Ludlow and Linotype up a...
02/21/2021

On Friday 2/19 & Saturday 2/20, Dave Seat & Adam Davis were at the Center attempting to get our Ludlow and Linotype up and running. At the end of the day Saturday the Ludlow was casting slugs but unfortunately the Linotype is still not available to use. In order to get the Linotype running we need a single phase Model 31 Linotype "pancake" motor. Once we find one our machine will be able to start casting slugs.

12/03/2020
York County History Center

York County History Center

Join us for a virtual visit to the Heritage Press Museum to see a replica of a common press, the type used to print the Articles, in action.

#YourHistoryStartsHere

Presentation to  Sunday School class on Martin Luther's use of printing during the Reformation.
10/25/2020

Presentation to Sunday School class on Martin Luther's use of printing during the Reformation.

First road trip program using our mobile classroom trailer. Program on the Reformation and Printing.
10/25/2020

First road trip program using our mobile classroom trailer. Program on the Reformation and Printing.

09/17/2020

Just a reminder the 2020 Printers Fair has been canceled for this year due to the ongoing pandemic and state limitations on crowd size. We are working on plans for next year. Thanks for your support!

Press Museum Shop is getting ready for your Christmas cards needs.  Shop early, we can all use some Holiday Cheer this y...
09/09/2020

Press Museum Shop is getting ready for your Christmas cards needs. Shop early, we can all use some Holiday Cheer this year. Letter pressed, cards, coasters and gift tags available.

08/30/2020
Welcome to the CT&PM

Welcome to the CT&PM

This video is a brief introduction to the museum by our founder and director, Gary Walton.

The Museum of Printing
07/19/2020

The Museum of Printing

These gentlemen were ‘fast typesetters’ competing in the first National Typesetting Tournament, which began at Kohl & Middleton's Museum, Chicago, January 11, 1886 and ended January 17. First prize, a diamond medal, was won by William C. Barnes. Joseph McCann took second prize, a silver water service. In third place, Thomas C. Levy earned a silver hunting cup. During this tournament Barnes set 966 ems in 30 minutes, and 1,822 ems in 1 hour, with his lower-case reversed, and 1,005 ems in 1 hour, blindfolded.

This tournament and many others are described in the book called “Fast Typesetting,” with the lengthy subtitle, “A Collation of Facts Relative to Fast Typesetting, together with Portraits and Biographies of the more famous Swift Compositors, and an Authentic Record of the Several Public Tournaments and Matches at Typesetting, with Tabulated Statements of the Work Performed in Various Contests, and a Reprint of the Copy from which the Best Records were made; also, Hints and Suggestions on Typesetting.” The book was edited and compiled by William C. Barnes, Joseph W. McCann, and Alexander Duguid and was published in New York in 1887 by the Concord Co-operative Printing Company. The book is bound in red Moroccan leather with gold ornamentation and gild.

A few excerpts provide a flavor of what’s in the book (keep in mind that these competitions occurred prior to the development of the Linotype and other automated typesetting machines):

“To-day [1887], the demands of modern journalism demand a subdivision of the printers' trade, and the matter of speed in each department has become the requisite of prime importance. As a consequence, we have compositors, pressmen, make-ups, and few of the printers. This will explain why the compositors of to-day can handle type more swiftly than the printers of ante-bellum days. Then, to secure employment, he must needs be able to perform all the different duties appertaining to the trade; now, he has but to be proficient in one. Hence, by devoting his whole energies to the one branch he becomes more proficient in that particular line, than if it were necessary for him to learn each division of the trade.

“Forty years ago [1847] the printer who could set 1,200 ems per hours was deemed a fairly quick hand; at 1,400, he was fast; 1,700 was wonderful, and 2,000 ems per hour was considered among the physical impossibilities. Yet within sixteen years at least seven compositors have in public contests succeeded in surpassing 2,000 ems per hour.”

“The necessary qualifications for fast composition...: A healthy physical condition, good eyesight, steady nerves, correct distribution, intelligence, cleanliness and order.“

07/13/2020
Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

How did 18th-century Williamsburg residents hear the news of the day? Not through Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, that's for sure!

Join us in the printing office, and examine an age when the printed word was the primary means of long-distance mass communication. Meet the printers who set type and use reproduction printing presses to manufacture colonial newspapers, political notices, pamphlets, and books.

The "The Ancient Art Of Bookbinding" Story
07/10/2020
The "The Ancient Art Of Bookbinding" Story

The "The Ancient Art Of Bookbinding" Story

Water Street Bindery It was an ordinary day. Knocked on the old blue door that sits under the historical sign that tells of the one and...

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
07/03/2020

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

July 3, 2012, First Printing of John Gill’s Boston Edition of the Declaration of Independance for the first time in 236 years! You can support Edes & Gill with an online purchase of this amazing document from our online store. https://the-printing-office-of-edes-gill.square.site

06/04/2020

Richard G Rutledge will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from 1 until 4pm on Sunday, June 7th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

06/04/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Saturday, June 6th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Ken Kulakowsky will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the print shop from noon until 4pm. For now, visitors will ...
06/04/2020

Ken Kulakowsky will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the print shop from noon until 4pm. For now, visitors will not be able to use any presses to print a souvenir.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER is excited to announce that we will be reopening this Friday, June 5th. We will be adhering to all CDC guidelines and will reopen with limited hours (Mon-Sat 11-5 and Sun 12-5). We can't wait to see our customers again!

This April 29 edition of The Shopping News shares a detailed look at printing at the Ephrata Cloister titled "Heritage I...
06/04/2020
4.29.20 issue

This April 29 edition of The Shopping News shares a detailed look at printing at the Ephrata Cloister titled "Heritage In The Pennsylvania Heartland - Colonial Printing".

The Shopping News of Lancaster County

03/12/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Sunday, March 15th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/12/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Saturday, March 14th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/12/2020

Frank Croce will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Friday, March 13th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/12/2020

Kenneth Kulakowsky & Paul Gross will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Thursday, March 12th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/05/2020

Richard G Rutledge will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Sunday, March 8th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/05/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Saturday, March 7th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

03/05/2020

Kenneth Kulakowsky & Paul Gross will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Thursday, March 5th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/28/2020

On Wednesday, March 4th from 9am until 3pm, volunteers will continue organizing the Center for Letterpress and Book Arts at 117 Parkside Avenue, Lancaster. All are welcome as there is plenty to do besides moving equipment.

02/28/2020

On Tuesday, March 3rd from 9am until 3pm, volunteers will continue organizing the Center for Letterpress and Book Arts at 117 Parkside Avenue, Lancaster. All are welcome as there is plenty to do besides moving equipment.

02/28/2020

On Monday, March 2nd from 9am until 3pm, volunteers will continue organizing the Center for Letterpress and Book Arts at 117 Parkside Avenue, Lancaster. All are welcome as there is plenty to do besides moving equipment.

02/28/2020

Richard G Rutledge will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Characterr from noon until 4pm on Sunday, March 1st.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/28/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Saturday, February 29th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/28/2020

Frank Croce will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Friday, February 28th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/28/2020

Kenneth Kulakowsky and Paul Gross will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Thursday, February 27th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/21/2020

Richard G Rutledge will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Sunday, February 23rd.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/21/2020

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Saturday, February 22nd.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/21/2020

Frank Croce will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Friday, February 21st.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

02/21/2020

Kenneth Kulakowsky will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Thursday, February 20th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Thank you for helping The .918 Club continue "Keeping the Craft Alive" at our Center for Letterpress and Book Arts.
02/21/2020
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Address

346 N Queen St
Lancaster, PA
17603

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(717) 464-3044

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Keeping the craft alive

Through our regularly scheduled demonstrations, we educate the public about the history of printing while providing a working letterpress job shop to fulfill the specialty printing needs for the community.

Founded in 2004, the Heritage Center Print Shop Museum, 5 W. King Street, Lancaster, PA has, from the time of its inception, attracted local and international tourists to participate in a live printing history demonstration. The .918 Club has also provided the opportunity for Boy Scouts to complete their "printing" merit badge and has given the local educational institutions an opportunity to show their students a "live" history lesson, which engages the mind and the muscle on each visit.

When the Heritage Center closed in 2009, the Print Shop Museum was offered free space as part of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 N. Queen Street. With the establishment of this new location and new name, Heritage Press Museum, we are still able to offer the community a place to visit and experience a treasure in downtown Lancaster.

Thanks to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, we have a rent free location for the Heritage Education Center, a hands-on print shop lab where donated equipment is used to provide classes in letterpress printing.

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Hey, Ken - is the web site down? https://www.918club.org reports "this site can't be reached".
Movie Night 🎥 Lancaster Printers Fair 2019 at The Candy Factory
I have some letterpress material from the 60’s: wooden type, composing sticks, hand type, lead and slug cutter, Linotype dummy keyboard Quoin keys, etc, Are you interested in donations? Sincerely, Edmund C. Ludde, 293 Firment Road, Andes, New York 13731, 518-819-8143, [email protected]