Posts tagged: North Andover

The Relevant’s Graveyard

Frank Romano
 Jul 8, 2015

Dig deep into any printing company, beyond the presses and paper storage, beyond the shredder and bundler, and somewhere in a dark corner you will probably find a junkyard of old computers, copiers, printers, and other machines. It is like a mothballed fleet that will never fly again.

Since the dawn of the electronic era, technology change has been rapid and relentless. Accelerated depreciation is now a fact of life. Yet, for hundreds of years, the technology of printing rarely changed. The other day I had a pack of cub scouts printing on an 1888 letterpress hand press. No electronics and no battery.

That brings me to preserving the past of the printing industry.

The Smithsonian replaced its printing exhibit with Julia Child’s kitchen, which left only three museums of printing in America: Carson, CA, Houston, TX, and The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA. The latter will soon move from North Andover, MA to its own building.

Haverill, MA: Future site of the Museum of Printing (Spring 2016)

For 37 years, The Friends of the Museum of Printing has 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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