What’s Going on at the Museum
This Golding Pearl #3 is ready for our Letterpress Sale on Saturday! The transformation is complete thanks to many hours of refurbishing by our devoted and talented volunteers. The press is one of two Goldings we saved from the wrecking ball last February.
Look at those brass springs! The heart-shaped treadle! The polished nameplate! The press has a brand new set of rollers, its chase size is 7×11, the serial number is 1699. Golding’s Boston factory released twenty-four of these on March 1,1887 (131 years young).
So, join us for our Letterpress Sale this Saturday, November 17th, from 10–4. Other offerings include tabletop presses, a Franklin foil stamping machine, set of hand bookbinding tools, nipping presses, paper drying racks, type cabinets, type, borders and ornaments, and much more! Also books and Gift Certificates.
Letterpress Sale on Saturday, November 17, 10am–4pm
Shop till you drop at our Letterpress Sale on Saturday, November 17th! We’re the perfect place to find just the right holiday gift for your lover of print — or fill a special letterpress need or want for yourself! Gift Certificates also available.
Here is a sampling of what’s coming to market. . . .
- Golding Pearl #3 1887 standing press, 7 × 11 with new rollers
- Complete Kingsley foil stamping machine with accessories
- Complete set of hand bookbinding tools (sewing frame, finishing press and more, all virtually new)
- Book (nipping) presses (2)
- Paper drying racks, new, wall mount (2)
- Tabletop presses (4)
- Wooden type cabinet with California type cases
- Metal type cabinets (3) with California type cases
- Furniture and reglet cabinets
- Southworth tabletop perforator
- Letterpress tools and supplies galore: strip border material, leading space material (1, 2, 6 pt.), quoins (Challenge wedge, Wickersham, High Speed)
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.
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.
- Sat 3
- “Ansel Adams: Environmentalist and Photographer”
Lecture by Lance Hidy, 1:00 pm
- Sat 10
- Book Sale
- Sat 17
- Letterpress Sale
- Sat 1
- Hot Metal Day
- Sat 8
- Anna Hogan Celebration: A Life Engraved in Art
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 17th 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 ↑