houghtonlibDid you know Houghton had a printing room in Lamont Library? Venture down to the lowest level (D) of Lamont, and you can peek in the cage and see cases of type, ink balls, a press, and other fun printing stuff.⠀
Here, curator of Printing and Graphic Arts, Hope Mayo, is telling a number of first year students about the wonders of printing with metal type on a special "behind the scenes" tour last week.⠀
Hope on the printing room: "The foundation of the present Houghton Library Printing Room dates from 1938, when Philip Hofer (Harvard BA 1921, MFA 1929) came back to Harvard with the intention of founding a Printing and Graphic Arts Collection (now part of Houghton Library). For this he not only acquired books and manuscripts that would enable students to study great examples of printing and illustration. He also thought that students should understand how these artifacts were made, and, to this end, acquired the iron hand press, type, and other equipment needed for setting up a printing shop. In the years since then more equipment has been added to the room, and it has been used in various contexts, including the teaching of descriptive bibliography in the 1950s and 1960s and the current series of workshops that are offered on request."⠀
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- nul_prescons#typetuesday indeed!
- houghtonlibThanks @nul_prescons -- we are a little out of practice with themed days...
- ivyconnectReally great.
- linnealenkusportraitstudios“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ― Susan Polis Schutz
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