The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers

The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers

If you follow the Museum of Printing on social media, then you know we’re smitten with The Inland Printer, the first American trade magazine for the printing industry dating back to 1883. So smitten, in fact, that we have compiled a 274 page book of some of our favorite covers!

Just back from the binders (thank you Superior Packaging!), the publication is titled The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers, with an introduction by Museum President and Professor Emeritus, Frank Romano. All covers are pictured in full color and arranged chronologically. The softcover book measures 5½″ × 8½″.

Featured are many important artists and designers who contributed to the magazine, including early creations by young American illustrator and artist William H. Bradley, whose work marked the beginnings of Art Nouveau in graphic design.

Considered a vintage design bible, the magazine’s covers (and articles and advertising) showcased the first great period of American illustration, from 1890 to 1940, promoting the newest ideas and technologies influencing graphic arts. What began as a twenty-four page publication in Chicago became, by 1900, a 200-page monthly packed with the latest news from the technological front. The magazine is noted for being the first to use a different cover illustration for every issue, commencing in 1894. The Museum maintains a complete bound set of Inland Printer magazines in the Romano Library.

The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers is priced at $24.95 and available in our gift shop (and by mail with check payable to the Museum of Printing c/o our business office at P.O. Box 5580, Beverly, MA 01915, plus $3 S/H (and $1.56 sales tax for MA residents only).

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