BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s The Gallery at Greenly Center, 50 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg, will host a viewing of vintage wood type posters from the collection of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. The show will run Aug. 3 through Sept. 18. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum advances the understanding of our printing and design heritage by documenting, archiving and reproducing the history and images of American letterpress printing. Its premier collection of printing type, engravings, library, prints and equipment support scholarship and education at all levels by preserving through use, research and demonstration.
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the museum is home to an array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.
Located between the East and West Twin Rivers on Lake Michigan, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company was the largest wood type producer in the country, when virtually everything was letterpress printed. The company was founded in 1880. The Museum is now located in Twin Rivers, Wisconsin.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.