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Museum of Printing Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
And pledges to Preserve Our Font Heritage
The Friends of the Museum of Printing, Haverhill, MA has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving local organizations and to give back in impactful ways to the projects and causes they support.
The Museum of Printing possesses rare historic artifacts in need of preservation. This includes the original drawings for the premier font library of the 20th century. The original art for Times Roman, Helvetica, Garamond, and over 3,000 other typefaces are archived at the Museum.
The Museum is building a “Type Vault” to store it all for the ages and better allow access for researchers and others. Our long-term goal is to digitize it as well. Please help save this important resource by donating during this special time . . . and into the future, because that’s where our focus is.
In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations, and acts of kindness.
The Friends of the Museum of Printing celebrates its 30th year in 2018. It is located at 15 Thornton Ave., Haverhill, MA.
The Last Letterpress Sale of the Year
Saturday November 18
The fall Letterpress sale has always been popular, but many of you remarked you were busy with family over the Thanksgiving weekend — so we are holding it the week before — November 18th, 10 am to 3 pm.
Everything letterpress — wood and metal fonts, orphans, decorations, cuts, sorts, quoins, keys, sorts, leading, galleys, sticks, type cases, furniture, ink — on sale including:
Gutenberg and the History of the Printed Bible
Saturday, December 2
The Museum of Printing is presenting a unique exhibition and 2 lectures on Gutenberg and the history of the printed Bible Saturday, December 2. Over 10 rare Bibles and replicas of Gutenberg Bible pages will be exhibited, as well as other materials. Three 1-hour presentations will be given at 10 am, Noon and 2 pm.
Gutenberg chose the Bible as the first product of his marvelous invention of movable type in 1455. Martin Luther was the first to translate the Bible into the vernacular, in his case, German.
For two centuries it was punishable by death to print the Bible in any language other than Latin, although the Old Testament existed in Hebrew and Greek. But under King James, a major effort created the translation known to most of the world, and a virtual war broke out over who would print it.
- Thurs. 2
- PINE event
- Sat. 11
- Giant MOP BOOK SALE 10am–3pm
- Sat. 18
- LETTERPRESS SALE 10am–3pm
- Sat. 2
- Gutenberg and the History of the Printed Bible + Exhibit 10am–4pm
- Presentations at 10am, noon and 2pm
“Type Vault” at Museum of Printing archives Linotype type drawings collection — over 400,000 sheets
Use Helvetica or Times Roman? How about Palatino or Optima? They began life as a drawing for every glyph in a font of Linotype hot metal type. Later they were converted to phototypesetting and then to digital type. They also formed the basis for other typesetting machines and fonts from competitors who “borrowed” the designs.
This precious archive has been in the possession of the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. for over two decades. Researchers from all over the world have analyzed the large drawings for clues in the evolution of fonts by Dwiggins, Zapf, and many others.
The Museum has broken ground for an environmentally secure archive for this priceless colllection. Within the next two months, the collection will be transferred to air-tight containers from their original boxes into a state-of-the-art facility.
Gift Certificates Now Available
Gift certificates are now available for the Museum of Printing for use in the Museum Store, toward workshops or membership and as admission to paid events.
Purchases may be made at the Museum with cash, credit card or check, or via mail. To purchase by mail send a check to our business office at
Museum of Printing
Beverly, MA 01915
Bodoni the person, his fonts, his times: A lecture by Valerie Lester
Valerie Lester presented a lecture on Giambattista Bodoni, the great Italian type designer and printer, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Valerie Lester’s biography on Bodoni is the first in English and has received rave reviews. Scholarly — but eminently readable — the book is itself an example of the beautiful printing and exceptional design for which Bodoni was celebrated. Ms. Lester is an independent scholar and translator and her presentations are highly regarded.
Paul Shaw: W. A. Dwiggins in his time
On May 13, 2017 calligrapher, type designer and design historian Paul Shaw gave a fascinating talk on the American graphic artist W. A. Dwiggins. Active in the first half of the 20th century, Dwiggins was a master calligrapher, book designer, type designer, marionettist, writer, and creative spirit, in a unceasing flow of artistic production.
Letterpress Examples Wanted!
The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA is expanding our library of works by amateur letterpress printers — publications, printed pieces, examples, samples and photographs of older printing establishments and private presses. Our new location provides us with secure, environmentally friendly storage.
We know we need publications and information by APA, APHA, ATF, AAPA, NAPA, Treasure Gems, It’s a Small World, Guy Botterill, Type and Press, The Printer Newspaper. We have examples of some of these but are trying to complete our collections. What have we missed? We do not know, so please bring us up-to-date with information on, by or about other letterpress and type organizations. We’re also interested in examples of embossing, debossing, thermography, die-cutting, etc.
Watch the Haverhill Journal’s video on our new home
The Haverhill Journal’s Lindsay Paris takes us on a tour of the new museum and speaks with executives Frank Romano and Kim Pickard.
Museum of Printing Long-Time Board Member Louis Rosenblum Passes
Louis ‘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.
Our Grand Opening: September 10, 2016
After a long and arduous move, the Museum of Printing opened on Saturday, September 10th. The Museum was open on Sunday, the 11th, and the entire week that followed, from 10am to 3pm every day.
To celebrate this momentous event, admission was free for all.
Type Sales were scheduled for September 24 and November 19, but our store has been greatly expanded and is open every Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
Matthew Carter gave the 2016 Lieberman lecture: “Genuine imitations: a type designer’s view of revivals”
The American Printing History Association (APHA) and Museum of Printing presented a free lecture by famed type designer Mathew Carter, “Genuine Imitations: A Type Designer’s View of Revivals,” at the Museum of Printing, Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. | View and download a flyer >
A Printmaker’s Progress
On Friday, November 7, 2014 renowned graphic artist Lance Hidy charted the progress of his explorations in traditional graphic arts media in a slide lecture and explained how that pursuit led him to become an early adopter of digital tools. The breadth of his work is on display in the Museum of Printing exhibition rooms — from artist’s books using letterpress, etching, and wood engraving, through silkscreen, photography, and finally, Photoshop.