About the Show:
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is now in its 18th year as a working museum. It is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. At 45,000 square feet it is one of the largest fully functional workshops in the world. Designers, typographers, and artists have the opportunity to create work with the museum’s materials that help preserve the collections, keep the art and craft of letterpress printing alive, and push the boundaries of letterpress today. This exhibition is a small sample of the quantity and quality of work produced at the museum by staff and visiting artists. It includes a variety of works including typographic specimens, restrikes of advertising blocks, and newly created works of art and design.
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs. Not only do the thousands of visitors who come through every year get to see how wood type was made at the Hamilton Manufacturing Company factory, but students, artists, typographers and designers participate in workshops and actually use the collection to create works of art and scholarship in the pressroom at the museum.