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News and Events

  • Retirement Sale

    Ray DesChamps at the LinotypeAfter many years of letterpress printing our good friend and volunteer (he is our intrepid Linotype operator) Ray DesChamps is downsizing his shop, Class Letterpress Impressions. He is holding a sale at his shop at 2 Faulkner St., North Billerica, MA on Saturday, January 14th from 9 am to 2 pm. Great deals on everything!

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  • Spring 2017 Workshops

    April 22: Beginning Letterpress

    Learn to hand-set type from California job cases and print on Vandercook or platen presses.

    Members $75 | Non-Members $95 · Register here >

    May 20: Two-Color Letterpress

    Set two forms (one for each color) and print on our presses.

    Members $75 | Non-Members $95 · Register here >

  • –30– for Jean Hansen, New England Printer & Publisher Editor, Publisher and MoP Treasurer

    Jean HansenJean Hansen (89) passed peacefully in her home on December 8 sur­rounded by family.

    Jean and her husband Norman published and edited New England Printer and Publisher for 15 years. Additionally they were involved in the New England Printing Equipment Show and the New Hampshire Printing Show when regional tradeshows were a mainstay of printing products and services.

    One of her assignments to a writer was to cover a meeting at the Boston Globe of about 20 people who wanted to start a printing museum. That group became known as The Friends of the Museum of Printing and after many years of collecting they opened the doors in 1999 at their first museum location in North Andover, MA.

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  • Museum of Printing Long-Time Board Member Louis Rosenblum Passes

    Lou RosenblumLouis ‘Lou’ Rosenblum died peacefully at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts on September 22, 2016. He was born in New York City in 1921 to Isadore and Bessie Rosenblum. The middle of three children, he graduated from Yonkers High School and matriculated at MIT in 1938 where he majored in Applied Math. At MIT he had the good fortune to study under Professor Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton on photography and strobe lights. ‘Doc’ worked at the intersection of engineering and art, and projects combining engineering and art became the motif of Lou’s career.

    Lou graduated MIT in 1942 and joined Polaroid to work on war-related engineering projects. Later his Polaroid career included development of Edwin Land’s iconic invention of instant photography. In 1954, he moved to Photon where he worked on early photocomposition systems, the first of many leading-edge printing-related projects that occupied the next forty years. It was during this time he first became interested in the challenges of typesetting non-Latin-based languages such as Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi.

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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 the 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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  • New font technology on the horizon

    Imagine a single font file gaining an infinite flexibility of weight, width, and other attributes without also gaining file size — and imagine what this means for design.

    Read more on the Adobe Typekit Blog >

  • 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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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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