Blocks used in the Armidale Express in the 1950s. An advertising agent once said about women in ads "you can cut her head off but never cut her tits off."
Furnival Platen Press
Platen presses like this were used for job printing. They could be operated by one printer and could print about 1000 copies an hour.
The linotype was the first really successful typesetting machine. It increased the speed of typesetting by a factor of ten and made large daily newspapers possible.
Find out how printing used to be done!
The Museum of Printing at the New England Regional Art Museum displays a range of historic printing equipment, mostly used for job printing about a century ago. This includes printing presses, guillotines, stitchers, typesetting equipment and more.
It also has displays about typography, printed products, and associated processes.
It has an extensive research library of books about printing, technical manuals, and private press books.
MoP is involved in an on-going oral history project recording the staories and memories of people who were involoved in the printing industry last century. This includes people who worked in the industry in the 1930s.
The museum has a permanent display of the larger machinery and a program of changing temporary exhibitions so taht there is always something new to see.
MoP welcomes visitors and encourages school and other groups to visit. We run occasional workshops and are preppared to arrange for aritists to use some of the equipment.