A friend suggested we check out a Smithsonian traveling exhibition currently at the State Library of Virginia, and I’m very glad we did. The show is titled American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print. “Hatch Show Print” is kind of a weird name, but it’ll all make sense when you do a little research on the exhibition – or better yet go see it yourself. Letterpress printing is an esteemed tradition in the graphic arts industry, utilizing relatively basic technology to achieve effective and entertaining visual communication.
The Hatch Show Print collection is wonderful. Go see it. (Free parking in the basement deck of the State Library. Be sure and get your parking stub validated.)