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  • Antique Tuscans in America

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    Preamble: A curious Hamilton connection … or the disappearing type design

    One of the first fonts of wood type cut commercially by J E Hamilton, and known still to exist, is curiously not at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. A 6-line cut of Hamilton’s No 14 (Antique Tuscan Expanded) is today part of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection at The University of Texas at Austin1. Kelly acquired the font — a full set of capitals, numerals and various punctuation — in the early 1960s from a print shop in Fremont, Nebraska. Kelly showed this face on page 279 of American Wood Type:1828–1900 and on page 51 of his 1964 Folio. Though the type does not have a manufacturer’s stamp — and there is no evidence currently available to indicate Hamilton ever stamped his Holly Wood Type — it does have an original paper label affixed to the W that indicates that the font of...

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  • Hamilton goes to Tipoteca

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    I went to visit our sister (museum).

    If you don't have a sister you've been deprived of something/someone very special. Sisters take care of you, sisters make sure you have enough to eat, sisters show you crannies of the universe you didn't know existed. This is the case with Hamilton Wood Type's sister museum, Tipoteca Italiana, located north of Venice, Italy, in the charming town of Cornuda.

    Since 2013 Hamilton and Tipoteca have enjoyed a cross-Atlantic collaboration as family members in the world of printing museums. Hosting classes, showcasing speakers, selling merchandise and, of course, printing for each other.

    The latest family reunion took place in late June 2017 when I spent a 10 day residency at Tipoteca, exploring their wood type wonders, leading a printing workshop and making insects out of typography. Call it a working vacation.

    Tipoteca is hosted by the gracious Sandro Berra, Michela Antiga, Daniele Fachin, Leonardo Fachin, Laura Casagrande and Lucio...

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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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  • The Birth of a Wood Type

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    P22 Type Foundry and The Hamilton Wood Type Museum have announced the newest addition to the Hamilton Wood Type Legacy Project: Brylski by Nick Sherman, named for retired wood type cutter Norb Brylski and designed to be cut as wood type at the museum in Two Rivers, WI.

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    It incorporates several themes that were common in 19th-century type design, including bifurcated Tuscan serifs with angled mansard-style sides, heavy weight placement at the top and bottom of letters (traditionally referred to as French or Italian/Italienne, regardless of any actual relation to those countries), and an extended overall width. I asked Nick Sherman to give us more detailed information.

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    Georgie Brylski Liesch, daughter of Norbert Brylski, was...

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  • Silver Buckle Press

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    On April 8 a group from the UW-Madison libraries made a trip to Two Rivers. They joined us at the museum for a tour and a printing demonstration in the new location of Silver Buckle Press. After more than four decades at UW-Madison, the collection was relocated to the museum under a long-term agreement between Hamilton and the University of Wisconsin. Tracy Honn, the retiring director of Silver Buckle Press, was here to guide the hands-on printing demo. She hand-set a form using wood and metal type from the collection so that everyone that visited us could take home their own print. It was a fun Saturday of printing and talking type history!

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  • The Story of Coated Paper

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    By: Ferkó Goldinger, Marketing Manager, Appleton Coated, fgoldinger@appletoncoated.com

    Article reproduced in its entirety from UPPERCASE #33, courtesy of Janine Vangool, UPPERCASE.

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    As you’ve no doubt noticed, the page you’re perusing looks and feels altogether different from most of this issue. Indeed, most issues of UPPERCASE. Faithful readers of UPPERCASE (this writer included) love the look and feel of its pages. So, why gloss coated paper? Perhaps the best person to answer that question is Janine herself: “As a graphic designer, it is nice to have a palette of print and paper options to enhance the personality of the content and the experience of reading it. In issue 30, for example, the Utopia U2:XG Ivory Matte coated stock provided by Appleton Coated gave nice warmth to the readers'...

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  • Windgate Project Managers: Spring 2017

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    Hamilton has embarked on an organizational project to catalog the museum’s collections. With support from the Windgate Foundation we are currently organizing and proofing the type and printing blocks in the Globe Collection. We started the process in 2015 working with Heather Buechler, Raychel Lauen and Vida Sacic and continued the work in the fall of 2016 by bringing in Scott Mann and Tom Walker. A group of 4 individuals came to Two Rivers this week to help with this monumental task. Gatis Cirulis, Katya Reka, Daniel Schneider, and Bonnie Loukus have been proofing blocks and helping to organize the collection.

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    Gatis and Katya make up the...

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  • The First "Familiar Faces & Extended Families" Letterpress Workshop

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    On Saturday, January 28, we enjoyed our first workshop in the "Familiar Faces & Extended Families" letterpress workshops series. This is a series of 5 letterpress workshops sponsored by Hoefler & Co. In this workshop we looked at and printed with Antique styles. Antique wood type is a slab-serif style that is unbracketed and often has a serif that is nearly equal in weight to the stem. There are many variations on this style and several letter styles were derived from basic Antique, including Latin, Grecian and Antique Tuscan. We looked at the history, use and design of Antique styles, before enjoying a full day of printing posters. Jim Moran, museum director, and Stephanie Carpenter, assistant director, put out fonts of type that are not commonly available to workshop participants.

    Join us for one of these daylong workshops at the museum where we'll focus on one particular type style. From Cooper to Clarendon and Gothics to Grotesques, we'll draw from Hamilton's collection to make...

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  • Transit and Hamilton Residency Call for Entries

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    Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and Transit Residency are pleased to invite Midwestern artists, printers, and book artists (specifically those residing/based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) to apply for a two-week residency at the museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin to take place between June 1st and August 31st, 2017.

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    This residency was established to provide opportunities for artists to research and develop their own practice, to further the professional development of artists by enabling the creation and production of new work, and to foster an exchange of ideas and influences. While this marks the fourth year of our partnership, this is the third residency that TRANSIT has offered in partnership with HWT, and the first to invite artists from the broader Midwest to apply. We are very excited to work with our friends at TRANSIT to offer this residency.

    Find out more information and apply on the TRANSIT website.

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  • Making Display Type at P98A in Berlin

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    Since the advent of computers in our studios, we’ve all spent hours looking for the right typeface from thousands of choices, fussed with tiny increments in size, introduced refinements in OpenType fonts containing hundreds of ligatures, alternate characters and content-sensitive positions.

    And now “letterpress” is back. Suddenly we’re happy to take a lowercase l and use it for a figure 1 because that particular typeface doesn’t have enough figures? WTF? Wood type sucks when it comes to kerning because you would have to cut away bits of the letter itself in order to achieve “perfect” spacing.

    There are no half sizes, let alone fine increments in letterspacing, unless you want to spend hours inserting slivers of brass or thin paper to refine a line of type. The material defines not only how you work but also what the result will look like. If you only have a large wood...

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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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  • Windgate Project Managers: Fall 2016

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    Through a gracious contribution from the Windgate Foundation, Hamilton has embarked on an organizational project to catalog the museum’s collections. We started the process in 2015 working with Heather Buechler, Raychel Lauen and Vida Sacic. In the fall of 2016 we brought in Scott Mann and Tom Walker to continue the monumental task of organizing and proofing the type and printing blocks in the Globe Collection. The Windgate Project Managers are an important part of the museum as we move forward with many large projects.

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    Scott Mann is the Graphic Design Area Coordinator and Associate Professor at ...

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  • "Familiar Faces & Extended Families" Letterpress Workshops

    This is a series of 5 letterpress workshops sponsored by Hoefler & Co. Join us for a daylong printing workshop at the museum where we'll focus on one particular type style. From Cooper to Clarendon and Gothics to Grotesques, we'll draw from Hamilton's collection to make broadsides and posters all within a given category of type. These workshops are offered once a month from January through May 2017. Register now for one or all!

    Letterpress Workshop: Antique
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9am to 5pm

    Letterpress Workshop: Roman
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9am to 5pm

    Letterpress Workshop: Gothic (& Globe)
    Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 9am to 5pm

    Letterpress Workshop: Clarendon
    Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9am to 5pm

    Letterpress Workshop: Cooper (Black)
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9am to 5pm

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  • Really Big Prints Closing Reception

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    Many amazing printmakers from near and far came to UW-Manitowoc July 13-16, 2016 to create editions of large-scale relief prints for the second 'Really Big Prints! Event'. The number of participants and duration of the event makes it unique, as well as the opportunity for the printmakers to print a limited edition of a large-scale print, and have it exhibited “hot off the press” here at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The show was on display in November and December at Hamilton. A great group of printers and visitors joined us Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5-7 pm for the closing reception of this stunning exhibition.

    The art of printmaking realizes the oxymoron of the “original multiple.” These images are not reproductions, but original pieces which are conceived and created to exist as a limited edition. The vehicle for creating the...

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  • Hamilton Stories: Bill Ahearn

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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  • Hamilton Stories: David Artz

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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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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  • Hamilton Stories: Mardell Doubek

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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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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  • Always Make Waves

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    Daniel Schneider, a graduate of the Industrial Archaeology program at Michigan Technological University, has been hard at work on a new border design. Dan got the die stamper in production for the first time in half a century and designed a new border in the process. Very little was known about this incredible machine until Dan started revealing some of its secrets. Now he is working on producing a new border that he designed.

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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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  • Welcome, Silver Buckle Press!

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    We are pleased to announce a long-term agreement and collaboration with the University of Wisconsin to house the Silver Buckle Press (SBP) at our location.

    Former Hamilton Resident Artist and SBP curator for many years, Tracy Honn has been an ambassador of Hamilton since our beginning. With Tracy's plans to retire from the UW in 2016, the University determined that budget cuts would make it impossible to replace her in that role. The most creative solution is to move the SBP to Hamilton to further preserve the craft of letterpress printing though programming and education. We have set aside an area within the museum to house the SBP and maintain it as a discrete collection.

    Our plans include establishing a SBP Residency for qualified printers, give pre-scheduled tours, and make the SBP available for teachers offering instruction in hand composition, fine printing and book arts. We are excited about this ongoing partnership with the UW System, which will include opportunities to...

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