News and Events
This giving season help preserve the legacy of Gutenberg and the graphic arts
Johannes Gutenberg created moveable type 573 years ago, a miraculous invention that paved the way for printing as we know it today.
We commemorate Gutenberg’s achievement with an exclusive pop-up card produced for the Museum of Printing by acclaimed designer, Julie Brumlik. This beautiful 8″ × 8″ custom-made card is our gift to you with a donation of $50 or more.
Hidden Treasures for Sale
The Museum’s last letterpress sale of the year is now past. But there are still some items that we have found in the attic. You will have to pick the item up at the Museum, but some of these items may appeal to you. And you can then visit our beautiful store with great gifts for someone you love.
QWERTY Festival – A Celebration of the Typewriter!
Save the date to celebrate all things typewriter at The QWERTY Festival, Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 10am to 4pm, at The Museum of Printing.
- Presentations on typewriter history, maintenance, and applications.
- Participate in workshops on typewriter adjustment and repair.
- Learn who actually invented the typewriter (it was not Mr. Remington).
- Peruse 20 tables of typewriter repair services, typewriter suppliers, and typewriter-related publications and products.
- Buy a typewriter for someone you love.
- See the exhibit of over 40 of the Museum’s typewriters, many specialty typewriters.
- Learn about “cold type” proportional-type typewriters such as the Varityper, Justowriter, and IBM Composer.
- See rare office machines, from the very first Mimeograph to Gestetner and Ditto, and more.
- View demonstrations of the Linotype machine which was invented because of the typewriter.
- Cast your name in hot metal, then print your certificate naming you a genuine “slugcaster.”
- Type on a vintage Royal manual typewriter with more fingers than just your thumbs.
- Celebrate the 40th year of The Museum of Printing, a Massachusetts non-profit that preserves the rich history of the printed word.
“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.
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 an 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.
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.
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.