Posts tagged: printing press

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 »

From Mobile Apps to Marbled Paper: GPO Today

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 2, 2012

When I visited Washington last May to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on the Government Printing Office (GPO) I received an invitation to visit their facility at 732 North Capitol Street NW. With Dscoop7 taking place in Washington two weeks ago, I finally had the chance to take them up on their invitation. I recommend that you have a look at the blog I wrote after my Congressional subcommittee testimony. There have been some interesting changes since last May.

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