Tag: Letterpress

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  • Unpacking the Enquirer Collection

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    As we wander the back warehouse part of the museum, it’s interesting to wonder what it would be like to have a group of bright, hard working individuals to help organize the collection, particularly our largest and most recent addition to the museum, The Enquirer blocks, acquired in 2015 from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Enter Professors Paul Brown and David Wolske with Indiana University grad student Alexander Landerer along with Jim Sherraden and Bill Moran on June 5.

    The week was spent building pallet racks and turning 6 foot tall stacks of blocks into shelves of cleaned, photographed and numbered plates to be entered into the archives document. The work was tremendous, the discoveries were amazing and the museum’s collection took on a new shape.

    We now know that one leg of “Bertha, the World’s Largest Woman” takes up most of a 40” x 52” block. The “Barrel Rider” is a life size woman standing on a horse carved so intricately it makes...

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  • Enquirer Collection Exhibition

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    The Enquirer Collection at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum contains nearly 500 rare circus, fair and carnival posters, plus approximately 1,500 hand-carved printing plates; more than 5,000 pieces of large wood type; and related correspondence. The Anderson family of Cincinnati founded Enquirer Printing in 1895 and continuously has archived the extensive collection. In the early 1950s it was the only show printer in the Midwest. In 2015 the museum acquired this collection and is working to continue this long legacy. In November of 2016 posters from this extensive collection were on display in the museum gallery. Jim Moran, museum director, says of the printed pieces, "The thousands of previously printed samples from Enquirer Printing’s archive provides us with an invaluable documentation of the printing process and the artistic considerations that went into advertising art of the early 20th century."

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  • Silver Buckle Press Exhibition Gallery Reception

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    On Saturday August 27th we celebrated the Silver Buckle Press collection. After more than four decades at UW-Madison, the Silver Buckle Press collection was relocated to the museum under a long-term agreement between Hamilton and the University of Wisconsin.

    During the spring and summer of 2016 Tracy Honn, the retiring director of Silver Buckle Press, oversaw the organizing, packing, and relocation of Silver Buckle Press collections to Hamilton. Hamilton director Jim Moran, and museum staff, were responsible for the major move and transport of type and presses. Along with Tracy, our staff helped unpack and begin setting up the collection in the newly-designated and secure space at Hamilton. This process is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

    In recognition of the work-in-progress and establishing Silver Buckle Press collections at Hamilton, during the months of July and August we displayed letterpress pieces that have been created there over the many years. On the 27th,...

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  • 2016 Open House

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    On Sunday, July 10, 2016 we had a wonderful Open House. Over 100 people joined us for museum tours, pantograph demonstrations, and poster printing. Bob Mueller gave tours of the museum, highlighting the making of type and the history of the Hamilton factory. George Liesch gave demonstrations on the pantograph showing how type was made in the 20th century at Hamilton and how it still made today. Visitors participated in the printing of a poster using Hamilton’s collection of vintage wood type and took their print home as a commemorative piece of the Open House event.

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  • The Beauty of Letterpress: Nate Williams

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    Meet Betty.

    She has done wonders for the museum, from helping us move to our new location to keeping the world's largest collection of wood type organized. But, Betty has decided to retire after 40+ years of service, leaving us stuck for a way to get to some of our vintage printing plates and other items that are housed on the higher shelves in the museum. So with the help of The Beauty of Letterpress by Neenah we are looking to get "Betty II."

    The Beauty of Letterpress by Neenah has just released a new limited edition letterpress printed piece, designed by illustrator, Nate Williams (@N8W), which is on sale to support Hamilton. The 11 x 14 (easily framable) prints are ...

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  • New Impressions Juried Exhibition

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    “New Impressions” is an international, juried exhibition that showcases exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. Prints from 36 artists from around the world were on display in the gallery from May 11 through June 30, 2016.Following the exhibition at Hamilton, the show is traveling to Design College Australia in Brisbane for display from August 9 through the 21, 2016. We are honored to work with our friends there to share this international exhibition.

    We were proud to show such a wonderful variety of contemporary letterpress work here at the museum and we are happy to announce our award winners:

    Aetna Award:
    Robin McCarthy
    Colorful Os
    Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States
    Robinmccarthy-artist.com

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  • Artist in Residence: Jim Sherraden

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    Jim Sherraden, Master Printer and Archivist at Hatch Show Print, is the current Artist in Residence at Hamilton. This three-year appointment started this year. During the Memorial Day weekend he presented to a group from The Society of Typographic Arts at the museum for a workshop, organized and printed with the Enquirer Collection, and helped document portions of the collection.

    Jim Sherraden and Bill Moran printed blocks from an original "Reefer Madness" two sheet. We are thrilled to be working with Jim as we unpack and print with this exciting new collection at the museum.

    The large circus and fair prints at the end of this post are originals from Enquirer Printing. Along with the acquisition of the blocks, the museum is also receiving many original prints. This allows us to look at the original colors and registration. This information greatly enhances how we can use this massive collection.

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  • Making Mardell: An Interview with Louise Fili

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    The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum staff is honored to partner with New York-based graphic designer Louise Fili on her first font release project. The new font, “Mardell,” is named for Hamilton retiree and wood type cutter Mardell Doubek. Lousie visited the museum for an interview on March 17, 2016. It was fun night of talking process, wood type, and design.

    This is the fourth font to be cut for the museum as part of the Wood Type Legacy Project. The project enlists internationally known designers to create original designs, naming the fonts after Hamilton Manufacturing employees who have helped preserve and carry on the rare craft of making wood type. Louise joins Matthew Carter, Erik Spiekermann and Nick Sherman who have all designed fonts for this project.

    Louise's design showcases her ongoing exploration of Italian Modernist graphics while featuring a futurist-inspired geometric design. The Mardell font is available for purchase at hamiltonwoodtype.com as a...

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  • Hamilton Open House

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    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Open House the museum held last month. It was a great day of printing posters, visiting with friends near and far, and seeing type cutting demonstrations on the pantograph.

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  • In the Woodshop: Learning as we go along

    Mardell Doubek, David Carpenter, and I have now been working together since July to learn how to cut wood type on the pantograph. We started out with long grain scrap wood and have now “graduated” to end grain maple. The difference between the two woods is like night and day not only in appearance but in terms of cutting ease. It is now a pleasure, instead of a chore, to cut type.

    While we felt ready to cut the real stuff, we knew we had a limited stock of processed wood to go along with our amateur skills. For those reasons, we decided to start with ornaments in a variety of sizes and shapes. The ultimate goal was to have something to sell not only at the 2014 Wayzgoose but online and in the gift shop. (The ornaments are available for sale now in the store.)

    What quickly became apparent is that the act of cutting on the pantograph is just a small part of the entire wood type...

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