Historic printing press removed, replaced with newer machine

A big change at Cal Poly – their historic printing press is out and a replacement is in! “In our industry, there’s a major shift going on,” Graphic Communication Department Chair Kenneth Macro said. “You get [the news] now on your gadgets.” The ‘major shift’ Macro is describing is the increasing number of news sources […]

Printing History is Bigger in Texas

Keelin Burrows is the curator of The Printing Museum in Houston. After completing a three-year curatorial fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in the Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design Department, she applied for and was awarded this curatorial position in 2012. The museum was founded by commercial printers in the late […]

Rare 2,000-year-old documents found in London mud

LONDON — They came, they saw, they got down to business. Archaeologists announced Wednesday they have discovered hundreds of writing tablets from Roman London – including the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain – in a trove that provides insight into the city’s earliest history as a busy commercial town. London dig yields 2,000-year-old […]

The Balvenie-Rare Craft Collection

Recently I had the opportunity to attend The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection event. If you’re not familiar with The Balvenie, it is a hand crafted scotch distillery in Dufftown on Speyside, Scotland. So how does this translate to print? The event is traveling across the United States and recently held a session in Chicago. The Balvenie wanted […]

Inside a 130-year-old Michigan Book Printing House

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 130-year-old Grand Rapids book publisher has a new owner. Blackford Capital, a Grand Rapids-based private equity firm has bought Dickinson Press, a full service book printing services provider. Founded in 1884, Dickinson has a niche religious printing segment. Geography might be a factor in the company’s longevity, with more than […]

Throwback Thursday: The Machine that Made Us

Now THIS is a true throwback thursday post.  Stephen Fry and the BBC published “The Machine that Made Us” as an hour-long dive into Johannes Gutenberg‘s life and how profound his impact was on the world around him.  The invention of the printing press is known as one of the most important and influential events of […]

100 year old printing press gifted….GIFTED!

Talk about a gift after my own heart.  Six Art pupils were gifted a 100 year old printing press as part of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) initiative.  The 100 year old Printing Press came out of a closet in Cullodens Academy’s art department.  Badly needing refinishing,  Tim Honnor of Piccolo Press […]

A Couple New Additions to the Print Antique Collection

If you follow this blog – you probably have seen a snippet or two of my print antique collection.  I started collecting antiques and relics of our industry shortly after graduating college and over the last 8 years or so the collection has grown quite a bit.   It started with a box of antique wood […]