News and Events
The Linotype machine revolutionized typesetting, moving the craft from laborious hand-setting to swift mechanical setting.
On Saturday, July 22 from 10 am to 3 pm we will present lectures on the Linotype and describe it in detail. You can cast your name on a Ludlow (another fascinating machine) and print it on a certificate to note the occasion using a proof press.
MoP Members Invited to Society of Printers Summer Retreat
The Society of Printers has graciously extended an invitation for up to 10 MoP members to their Summer Retreat, August 5, 6 & 7 at the Museum of Printing.
The Society of Printers is a 112 year old private professional organization of dedicated simply to the study and advancement of the art of printing. Read more about then and their annual Dwiggins Lecture which is open to the public in the spring. Their publications are available to the general public. More information at www.SocietyOfPrinters.org
TypeCon 2017 – Boston
TypeCon 2017 will be held in Boston from August 23rd to the 27th. The conference is packed with how-to talks by type luminaries including Sumner Stone and Museum of Printing president Frank Romano, presentations and workshops, with an optional full day side trip to the Museum of Printing on Wednesday, August 23rd. Full information at TypeCon.com.
2017 Calendar of Events
- Sat. 22:
- Linotype Day
- Sat. 29:
- Movie Night — old print films and popcorn
- Sat. 5:
- Society of Printers retreat
- Sun. 6:
- SOP retreat
- Sat. 12:
- Linotype Day
- Wed. 23:
- TypeCon Boston tour Museum
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.
–30– for Jean Hansen, New England Printer & Publisher Editor, Publisher and MoP Treasurer
Jean Hansen (89) passed peacefully in her home on December 8 surrounded by family.
Jean and her husband Norman published and edited New England Printer and Publisher for 15 years. Additionally they were involved in the New England Printing Equipment Show and the New Hampshire Printing Show when regional tradeshows were a mainstay of printing products and services.
One of her assignments to a writer was to cover a meeting at the Boston Globe of about 20 people who wanted to start a printing museum. That group became known as The Friends of the Museum of Printing and after many years of collecting they opened the doors in 1999 at their first museum location in North Andover, MA.
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.
New Building Update
We are in possession of the new (well, new to us) building in Haverhill — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832, to be exact [map]. Renovations are underway to make this a world class printing museum — and we have visited many throughout the world to compare and inspire. We’re currently replacing the 40 year old linoleum with richer, feet-easy materials. A wall has to come down to give us better flow and an expanded store. View our progress >
The Museum of Printing is moving
After 13 years at its current location in North Andover the museum is moving to a building along Route 495 — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, Mass., to be exact [map]. It will open on September 10, 2016.
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.