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In the Gallery: New Impressions 2018

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing. Learn more about each artist's process by looking at this... Read More »

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Building the Big Block Easels

The museum received many packing crates full of big printing blocks from Enquirer Printing in Cincinnati, Ohio. They can be up to 54" x 40" in size. The Enquirer Printing Company printed posters for circuses, carnivals and other customers. I saw a few big blocks leaning against the wall on a visit. It occurred to me these should be up... Read More »

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Unpacking the Enquirer Collection

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... Read More »

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Enquirer Collection Exhibition

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... Read More »

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Silver Buckle Press Exhibition Gallery Reception

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... Read More »

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