News and Events
Our Grand Opening: September 10
After a long and arduous move, the Museum of Printing will open on Saturday, September 10th. The Museum will be open Sunday, the 11th, and the entire week that follows, from 10am to 3pm every day.
To celebrate this momentous event, admission will be free for all.
Type Sales are scheduled for September 24 and November 19, but our store has been greatly expanded and is open every Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
The Museum of Printing is now at 15 Thornton Ave, Haverhill, MA.
From the south: I-495 North to Exit 49. Turn left on River Rd./Route 110, go over 495 to first left, Thornton Avenue, then 100 yards up the hill to driveway on left.
From the north: I-495 South to Exit 49. At exit, turn left on River Rd./Route 110 and immediate right on Thornton Avenue, then 100 yards up the hill to driveway on left.
History of Type Lecture
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, RIT Professor Frank Romano details the rich history of typography over the ages. He answers such questions as “Who invented the serif?” and “Who invented the lowercase?” among many others. Discover Napoleon’s relationship with the Courier typewriter font and how italic type helped to invent the Renaissance.
New Building Update
We are in possession of the new (well, new to us) building in Haverhill — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832, to be exact [map]. Renovations are underway to make this a world class printing museum — and we have visited many throughout the world to compare and inspire. We’re currently replacing the 40 year old linoleum with richer, feet-easy materials. A wall has to come down to give us better flow and an expanded store. View our progress >
The Inland Printer
The most current, up-to-date printing technology — 132 years ago.
The Inland Printer was the longest published printing magazine in the United States. First published in October 1884 and still published on a limited basis “It may have been the first magazine to use a different cover illustration on every issue,” according to MagazineArt.org .
See in industry in all its letterpress glory in the complete second edition from November 1884 here (view or download pdf, 14.9 MB).
Anatomy of ATF Type
What is a Type Foundry? A company that makes type.
One of the foremost in the US was American Type Foundries (ATF), founded in 1892 when 23 independent type foundries consolidated. These foundries were brought together for several reasons, one being that the Linotype, which produced a line of type, was introduced a few years earlier and was cutting into the sales of hand set type. Another was that the type produced by the various foundries was not systematic — point sizes and baselines varied between companies.
Remembering Hermann Zapf (Nov. 8, 1918 – June 4, 2015)
Hermann Zapf was the preeminent worldwide typeface designer and calligrapher who lived in Darmstadt, Germany. He was married to calligrapher and typeface designer Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. His typefaces include Palatino and Optima.
I first met him in 1960. I was the mail boy at the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in Brooklyn, NY and was delivering the mail to his cubicle on the 8th floor. He was adapting Palatino for the Linofilm. One day I got up the nerve to ask “Mr Zapf, what do you do?” He replied, “I correct the errors of my youth.” For example, the lowercase y had a curved calligraphic descender. He straightened it out. Those who stole Palatino from the hot metal version had something different from those who stole it from the phototypesetting version.
Download our Letterpress Presses poster (pdf, 1.8 MB)
Download our Image Carrier Poster (pdf, 684 KB)
The Museum of Printing is supported in part by grants from Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill & Merrimack Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency.Top ↑