The past week we visited the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. As we started to go through the museum what really hit me was that I probably belonged in there too. Most of the items there I used or ran sometime in my life.
From the type banks, proof presses and a headliner
To the first platen press (hand fed press) to the first two automatic fed presses.
They even had a couple Linotype machines. These are type setting machines that cast lines of type instead of a person having to set them one letter at a time.
They also had some finishing equipment. Some I’ve seen or used some, believe it or not, was before my time.
They had a lot of stuff they printed and still print. They offer seminars to learn how it was done back then. If I was still teaching it would be a great place for a field trip. It was great walking back through my past.