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  • The Museum of Printing needs your help

    We need to move some cartons to the mezzanine level and the best way is via a kind of “bucket brigade.”

    5 or 6 people would be optimum.

    Based on other activity, the day for this is Friday, September 9th. The Museum opens to the public the next day.

    We will provide food and drink. Plus you will see what we have been working so hard on for the last 8 months.

    Let us know if you can give us your time from 9am to 3pm. Wear old clothes.

    Just email Enable JavaScript to view protected content and let Frank know you can help.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • Anatomy of ATF Type

    What is a Type Foundry? A company that makes type.

    Metal type diagram

    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.

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  • 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.

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Mass. Cultural CouncilThe 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.

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