Spring Type Sale
Saturday, April 5, 10am – 3pm
Wood and metal fonts, orphans, decorations, cuts, sorts, quoins, keys, sorts, leading, galleys, sticks, type cases, furniture, ink — anything letterpress — on sale in the museum’s type store, April 5 from 10am to 3pm.
Some necessary, some useful, some just nice to look and others collectible.
American Type Fellowship Bi-annual Conference to be held at Museum of Printing and in Salem, NH, August 13–16
The four-day American Type Fellowship (ATF) bi-annual conference will be held from August 13th through the 16th at the Holiday Inn in Salem, NH and the Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA with a tour and luncheon at the Museum and special sessions at the Romano Library, which is in walking distance of the hotel.
The conference includes a Hospitality rooms, several meals, field trips, sessions, a Flea Market, and more. See the full schedule for details.
The conference is being hosted jointly by world renown printing history expert Frank Romano and the Museum of Printing. The $95 registration fee goes directly to supporting the museum. Register securely online for the conference, or mail a check to Museum of Printing, PO Box 5580, Beverly, MA 01915.
Special conference rates are available at the conference hotel, the Holiday Inn in Salem, NH. Hotel prices vary depending upon accommodations and nights. Find complete rates and reservation instructions at Hotel Registration. Mention “ATF” or “American Type Fellowship” for the conference rates.
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The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship.
In addition to many special collections and small exhibits, the Museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines, as well as a library of books and printing related documents. A knowledgeable tour guide takes visitors around.
The Museum sits on the spacious North Andover, Massachusetts town common with free parking, only a mile from Interstate Highway 495 (see Directions).
A non-profit organization, the Museum was incorporated in 1978 as The Friends of The Museum of Printing, Inc., to save printing equipment and library materials associated with arcane technologies. The history of printing has changed dramatically during the last 200 years, moving away from letterpress printing to photographic and electronic technologies. We tell the stories of these changes using one of the world’s largest collections of printing hardware (see Collection).
The ground floor of our 25,000 sq. ft. building contains two 90-foot galleries, a large lobby, a library and access to the library’s archival stacks (four floors). The Robert L. Richter Memorial Library is named after one of the two people who began the museum effort (see Library). The second floor contains a large meeting room, offices and additional future display space.
Gallery One contains a timeline history of the manufacturing of letters. The journey starts in the foundry era, which reaches back 500 years. A guide explains the transition from hand-setting individual sorts of foundry type to mechanized hot-metal typesetting and discusses the Linotype, Monotype and Ludlow linecasting machines. Along the tour route you’ll find a Monophoto and an Intertype Fotosetter, machines which attempted to use linecasting technology to transition to phototypesetting, only to fail in competition with the electronically-driven phototypesetters. Then you’ll come upon strike-on typesetters, machines designed to produce inexpensive type which could be married to the expanding offset printing market. You’ll move on to phototypesetters, where Massachusetts hi-tech companies played a dominant role. The last chapter of this type story is digital.
Contributions to the Museum are tax deductible (the Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), and are always welcome.
We need halftones!
The Museum is looking to mount an exhibit on photographic reproduction and find we are embarrassingly low on a few things. We need your help. If you have a few of these to spare and can send them to us we can continue with exhibit planning.