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“Typographic Oddities” Lecture by Frank Romano · Saturday, July 21

What’s Going on at the Museum

  • A romp through the world of type with Frank Romano

    Saturday, July 21st, at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

    Typographic Oddities

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  • Letterpress Sale, Saturday, July 28

    To our fellow typoholics and lovers of letterpress. . .

    Here’s a truism from the late, great Phil Cade of The Juniper Press in Winchester, MA: “Perhaps we sometimes spend too much money on another font of beautiful ornamented type or another silent smooth running Pearl, but you can never have too much type or too many printing presses!”

    The Museum will be selling some great presses and type at our upcoming Letterpress Sale on Saturday, July 28th.

    Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

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  • 2018 Calendar

    JULY

    Sat 21
    “Typographic Oddities” Lecture by Frank Romano
    Sat 28
    Letterpress & Book Sale

    AUGUST

    Sat 11
    QWERTY Typewriter Festival
    Sat. 25
    “Merrymount Press and the Janson Type” Lecture by John Kristensen

    SEPTEMBER

    Sat 15
    Basic Letterpress Workshop
    Sat 22
    PRINTING ARTS FAIR & Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live”
    Sat 29
    Trails & Sails

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  • QWERTY Festival, Saturday, August 11

    Celebrate the typewriter at the QWERTY Festival, Saturday, August 11, from 10am to 4pm. The event is FREE and open to the public.

    typewriters

    On display will be one of the FIRST typewriters ever made, the 1874 Sholes and Glidden, and the SMALLEST typewriter ever made! More than fifty unique and interesting antique typewriters will be on exhibit.

    The day will include lectures and a showing of the film California Typewriter.

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  • Three Letterpress Sales in 2018

    Salvaged Presses Being Restoredold letterpresses

    Our intrepid volunteers saved two Golding Pearls from the wrecking ball and a Prouty from the junkyard. Mark your calendars for our 2018 Letterpress Sales on April 7th, July 28th, and November 17th when these cleaned-up presses will be coming to market. And stop by our Gift Shop any Saturday, 10–4, where we have lots of type and letterpress goodies for sale.

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  • 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.”

    Frank Romano displays an historic front page from The Washington Post

    The Museum of Printing had just what was needed to depict the composing rooms of 1971.

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  • 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. . . .

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  • 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!

    Mark Fowler print

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  • Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare

    If you’re in the DC Area, check out this exhibit on book illustration. Meanwhile you can see similar printing presses, type and equipment right here at the Museum.

    book printing in the time of Shakespeare

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Mass. Cultural CouncilPrograms 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.

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