Posts tagged: Rochester Institute of Technology

The Greatest Job on the Planet

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 31, 2011

David Pankow, curator of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts collection, is retiring today after more than thirty years of service. I’m sure the decision to retire was a hard one. You see, I think he has the greatest job on the planet. Read more »

Frank Romano’s History of Printing

Jim Hamilton
 May 26, 2010

Frank Romano often volunteers to host Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) alumni events at his beautiful home in the South End of Boston. At a recent one I asked Frank if I could have my picture taken with one of the many interesting historical objects that he has collected in a lifetime in the printing industry. Frank thought a little bit and then chose a drawing by Frederic W. Goudy, the famous typeface designer. (The image below comes courtesy of Frank Cost, interim dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT, who took photos that night and after the event put together a lovely photo book commemorating the event.)

Frank Romano and Jim Hamilton with a Goudy drawing

Frank Romano and Jim Hamilton with a Goudy drawing


Frank is holding an original drawing for Goudy’s last typeface, Goudy 30. Those of you who have seen the book “The Hand of a Master may recall seeing a similar drawing in the background of one of the illustrations that Kimberly-Clark commissioned on printing history landmarks (see below). Frank says that the Goudy drawing is one of the oldest things in his house (besides himself). The truly oldest things are two leaves from the Nuremburg Chronicle of 1493, which was the first publication to mention the work of Johannes Gutenberg.

Frederic Goudy illustration from The Hand of a Master

Frederic Goudy illustration from The Hand of a Master

Frank’s home is like a museum of printing history, but not everyone knows that he is also very actively involved in (and is president, in fact) of an actual Museum of Printing, one that resides in North Andover, Massachusetts. For more information, see www.museumofprinting.org. If you go there on a Saturday when he is in town you may find that he’s the one giving tours. See Matt Swain’s blog on his recent visit there.

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