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  • Museum Day Live! on September 23

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    The Museum of Printing will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission and open their doors for free. It is also the Museum of Printing’s Printing Fair.

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  • Basic Letterpress Workshop

    Saturday, September 30, 10am to 4pm

    Learn letterpress!

    Quoin, chase, makeready, wood and metal type, cuts, and pica poles. These are some of the printing terms you will learn in the MOP Basic Letterpress Workshop. You will be guided through your own project and print it with real ink on a real press. Register now. Attendance is limited.

    Members $75 | Non-Members $95
    Register here >

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  • “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.

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  • Calendar

    SEPTEMBER

    Sat. 16
    LETTERPRESS SALE 10am–3pm
    Sat. 23
    PRINTING FAIR & Hot Metal Day 10am–3pm
    Sat. 30
    Basic Letterpress Workshop 10am–3pm

    OCTOBER

    Sun. 8
    APHA at AAS Worcester Visit to MoP 10am–3pm
    Sat. 14
    Monotype Printmaking with Linda Germain 10am–3pm
    Sat. 28
    Inventing the Internet with Steve Blumenthal 11am–12:30pm

    NOVEMBER

    Thurs. 2
    PINE event
    Sat. 11
    Giant MOP BOOK SALE 10am–3pm
    Sat. 18
    LETTERPRESS SALE 10am–3pm

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  • Gift Certificates Now Available

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    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
    POB 5580
    Beverly, MA 01915

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  • The Museum of Printing Type Libraries

    Our collection of Mergenthaler Linotype drawings consists of 3,193 black boxes, specially made for storing the drawings. Each box has 100 to 140 sheets, one for each glyph. Each sheet is numbered and there is a summary sheet indicating what glyphs are enclosed. When we received the collection from the Smithsonian 20 years ago, we inventoried every box and prepared a spreadsheet with information on each box. In many cases, the source of the fonts is indicated.

    From 1920 to 1960 the Linotype library dominated typeface use. There were fewer than 100 US Monotype services and only ATF and Ludlow had unique fonts, mostly for display. Then came Photon, Compugraphic, GSI, Wang, Varityper, Alphatype, Autologic, Triple-I, and many others. They all needed type libraries and stole freely from Linotype. There is no law against this.

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  • Museum donates 480 lbs of ink to schools

    The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. has donated 96 5-lb cans of ink to several schools with graphic arts programs. The ink was acquired from the many letterpress shops donated to the Museum over the course of several years.

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    “It is amazing how many letterpress operations are still around. Often they are in basements and garages. Museum volunteers clean them out and move them to the Museum,” said Ted Leigh, Acquisitions Director. “We move all equipment, type, paper, ink, and other materials.”

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  • Robert Bringhurst in Boston, April 2017

    Robert Bringhurst and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel at the Society of Printers 43rd Annual W.A. Dwiggins Lecture at the Boston Public Library.

    Bringhurst is the noted type historian and poet who spoke on the life and work of type designer Hermann Zapf. Amelia made the trek from Rochester, NY where she is Associate Curator for the RIT Cary Collection.

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Mass. Cultural CouncilPrograms 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.

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