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Museum of Printing Workshops in 2019
Basic Letterpress Printing
Saturday, February 16th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This one day workshop starts with getting familiar with the terms, tools and technology of letterpress printing. Learn about furniture, reglets, spacing, leading, chases and quoins. Make up a form using type (wood or metal) and printing cuts from the Museum’s collection. Then print your creation on one of the presses in our Letterpress Studio.
Instructor: Ted Leigh | Fee: Members $75, Non-Members $95
8 student class | Register now >
Linoleum Block Carving and Printing
Saturdays, March 9th & 16th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An introduction to the materials and methods of linoleum block printing. Each step from designing and cutting the block through printing will be addressed. Basic tools and linoleum will be provided. On Day 1, students will receive instruction on how to use the tools for making specific cuts through lecture and demonstration and take their tools and block home to complete their work. Day 2 will encompass proofing the block, making corrections if needed, and printing it on one of the Museum’s letterpresses.
Instructor: Katey Corrigan | Fee: Members $145, Non-Members $175
8 student class | Register now >
The Making of a Chapbook
Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Day 1, participants will design, set up and print a sheet containing four pages of short poems or sayings using hot metal type cast on the Ludlow and printing cuts, if desired, from the Museum’s collection. On Day 2, the pages will be folded and collated, then sewn into a chapbook using a furnished cover. All materials will be provided. Each participant will make five to six copies of their book. Prerequisite: Basic Letterpress Printing or similar.
Instructors: Billy Soucy & Craig Busteed | Fee: Members $145, Non-Members $175
6 student class | Register now >
Letterpress gifts large and small in our gift shop abound!
Letterpress gifts large and small, we’ve got ’em!
- Tabletop presses
- Type & handy boxes
- Borders & ornaments
- Cuts, quoins, furniture, tools
How about the whole kit-and-caboodle? We can put together a printing kit for you — everything that you or a special someone needs to start printing.
The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers
If you follow the Museum of Printing on social media, then you know we’re smitten with The Inland Printer, the first American trade magazine for the printing industry dating back to 1883. So smitten, in fact, that we have compiled a 274 page book of some of our favorite covers!
Just back from the binders (thank you Superior Packaging!), the publication is titled The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers, with an introduction by Museum President and Professor Emeritus, Frank Romano. All covers are pictured in full color and arranged chronologically. The softcover book measures 5½″ × 8½″.
Featured are many important artists and designers who contributed to the magazine, including early creations by young American illustrator and artist William H. Bradley, whose work marked the beginnings of Art Nouveau in graphic design.
- Feb. 16
- Workshop – Basic Letterpress Printing
(snow date Feb. 23)
- March 2
- Hot Metal Day on the Linotype
- March 9 & 16
- Workshop – Linoleum Block Carving and Printing (2 Day)
- March 23 & 30
- Workshop – The Making of a Chapbook (2 Day)
The Museum of Printing in the Movies
“At the end of 2016, we got a call from the 20th Century Fox property department in regards to a movie about newspaper printing in 1971,” MoP President Frank Romano said. “At that time (1971) they were still using a Linotype machine to set a line of type in metal.”
The Museum of Printing had just what was needed to depict the composing rooms of 1971.
Anna Hogan: A Life Etched in Art
The Museum of Printing is sad to note the passing of Anna Hogan, esteemed wood engraver and friend, who died peacefully on December 17, 2017, just a few weeks after her 96th birthday. A local artist, Anna gained national recognition through the Wood Engravers’ Network and our museum.
Our art gallery showcases a permanent display of Anna’s work. Her talent and skill awe visitors. It was almost a decade ago when she walked through our front door with armloads of engravings, having generously decided to donate her life’s work to the Museum. We are honored to hold this important collection and showcase it for all to enjoy.
Anna’s art reflects her many interests. When she wasn’t teaching art at Stratford High School in Connecticut, she enjoyed traveling the New England countryside and the world, from Japan to Mexico. Every December, she created a new holiday card for family and friends. In the summer of 2013, she participated in the Wood Engravers’ Network weeklong Workshop at the Museum of Printing where she reconnected with old friends and made many new ones. In the autumn of 2013 WEN organizer, Jim Horton, wrote in Block & Burin “One of the best parts of the museum was an exhibition of Anna Hogan. Anna is a famed printmaker, now in her nineties, who lives in Andover. She actually attended the Workshop, called herself a student, and yet she could teach us all. As many WEN members know, her prints are precious jewels . . . as is she. A warm, sincere person and absolutely on top of everything.”
In the days before inkjet printers and Xerox machines, multiple copies were made on mimeograph machines.
In 1876, Thomas Edison filed the first US patent for autographic printing by means of a duplicating press with an electric pen for cutting stencils. A subsequent patent followed, and then Chicago inventor and businessman, Albert Blake Dick, took it to the next level. He merged his efforts with Edison’s, improved the stencils and licensed the patents. In 1887, the A. B. Dick Company released the Model “0” flatbed duplicator selling for $12 ($284 today). Dick named the machine the Edison Mimeograph and it was an immediate success. The company went on to become the world’s largest manufacturer of mimeograph equipment.
Awesome wood type
This font, beautiful in its size, color and simplicity, is on display in our art gallery. The Museum is fortunate to hold an extensive wood type collection that has been acquired over many years, including several sizable and relatively recent donations of significance. Stay tuned for future posts. . . .
The Beautiful Work of Mark T. Fowler
Come on, spring! These two relief prints by artist Mark T. Fowler (1928–2006) evoke the bright greens of spring and the strong winds of March. The colorful ‘Morning Light,’ 1993, is a multiple-block linocut print. ‘Pinus Strobus,’ 1984, is a linocut print as well. A book designer by profession, Mark Fowler never sought to promote or commercialize his art, instead sharing it only with close friends and family, creating just one piece a year for nearly five decades. An extensive collection of his work is on permanent display in our art gallery and you’ll find fine quality digital reproduction cards and prints in the gift shop. Stop by any Saturday, we’d love to see you!
Download our Letterpress Presses poster (pdf, 1.8 MB)
Download our Image Carrier Poster (pdf, 684 KB)
Programs are supported in part by grants from the Haverhill, Georgetown, Merrimac, Boxford and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.Top ↑