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  • John Kristensen Lecture: “Merrymount Press and the Janson Type”

    Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

    We cordially invite you to attend a lecture by John Kristensen of Firefly Press.

    John, who calls himself “the world’s last D. B. Updike wannabe,” will speak about Merrymount Press and the Janson Type.

    Admission is free.

    Boston’s Merrymount Press was the foremost American scholarly printing office of the first half of the twentieth century, and its proprietor, Daniel Berkeley Updike, was a scholar and historian as well as an impeccable printer. The masterpiece of the Press was undoubtedly the magisterial authorized revision of The Book of Common Prayer of 1928, considered by many to be the greatest American typographic achievement of the century. Updike chose a seventeenth-century typeface, then attributed (mistakenly) to Anton Janson. The type was then newly available from a German type foundry, cast from original matrices, but Updike chose instead to duplicate — essentially pirate — the type for his Prayerbook. The acclaim that greeted the book’s publication led to a wider revival of the Janson type, which has ever since remained a highly regarded classical book type.

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  • Basic Letterpress Printing Workshop, September 15

    Saturday, September 15th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Basic Letterpress Workshop Sept 15

    Our Basic Letterpress Printing workshop will introduce you to the terms, tools and mechanics of letterpress. Learn about furniture, spacing, leading, chases and quoins. Make up a form with type (wood or metal) and printing cuts from our collection. Then print your creation on one of the presses in our Letterpress Studio. Instructors: Ted Leigh and Craig Busteed.

    Register securely online at  |  Members $75, non-members $95.

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  • Coming up! Our PRINTING ARTS FAIR!

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22nd, and plan to join us for a fun day! The event is FREE and being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s MUSEUM DAY LIVE! There are even a few vendor tables available; contact us if interested.

    Printing Arts Fair

    Many thanks to our amazing volunteers, Billy Soucy and Craig Busteed, who designed and printed this very fine poster

  • 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.

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  • 2018 Calendar


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


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

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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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  • #worldcupofprintinghistory

    printerJim Hamilton runs our Twitter account (@MoPrinting). He’s also a soccer fan. So he came up with the idea of a series of printing history milestones in the countries participating in the tournament. What started out as a light-hearted Twitter exercise to promote historical figures like John Baskerville and Alois Senefelder took a serious turn as he uncovered printing’s ties to religion, colonialism, war, slavery, revolution, and censorship. On the other hand, he made some nice connections with printing museums around the world. And if you’ve misplaced your incunabula, well, you just might get a clue to their whereabouts in Jim’s World Cup (of Printing History).

    And check out the Twitter feed!

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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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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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