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Help the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum Today!

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Limited Edition Print Sales & Matching

Donations Raise Awareness, Funds

Neenah Paper kicked off  the campaign to support The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum (woodtype.org) with the launch of a limited edition print, Form & Function, designed by Two Paperdolls. The print is available for sale now, and is the first in a series of prints to be released each month.

Funds raised from the sale of these prints will be donated to The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the landmark institution for the letterpress community which is being forced to relocate from its current home. The weight, bulk and number of historic artifacts that must relocate is breathtaking to behold — and expensive to pack and ship.

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The “Help Save Hamilton” campaign coincides with the launch last week of The Beauty of Letterpress by Neenah Paper, as seen in this feature on this blog. The website  features a video of Hamilton Museum Director Jim Moran and shows much of the Museum’s vast collections. Moran explains that the Hamilton is in urgent need of money and volunteers—to move millions of pieces of type, plates, presses, tools, and raw materials the museum owns. “The sale of the limited edition prints will  make a big difference in ensuring a future for this public institution and for future generations of printers, designers, curators, history buffs, and all letterpress lovers,” said Moran.

Printed by Rohner Letterpress of Chicago and designed by Jennifer James at Two Paper Dolls, the first limited edition print from The Beauty of Letterpress is entitled Form+ Function. “The print celebrates the integration of the enormous variety of techniques possible with modern letterpress technologies,” says designer Jennifer James of Two Paperdolls. “I scanned the back of some wood type to achieve an authentic texture, and adorned the letterforms with ornaments you might find in an ‘old school’ letterpress shop.”

“We hope anyone who values tactile printing will come and buy a limited edition print to help save Hamilton. Imagine a world without type, typesetters, letterpress … and for just $5 donors can get a piece of printing history and help preserve it at the same time,” says Tom Wright, senior director of advertising and design for Neenah Paper.

Donations also may be made at The Beauty of Letterpress: http://thebeautyofletterpress.com/donate.  Neenah Paper will double the value of all donations up to $15,000.00.

$5 –  Limited Edition Print

Issue 1 Beauty of Letterpress print, Form & Function. Designed by Jen James of Two Paperdolls. Printed on CRANES® LETTRA and letterpressed by Rohner Letterpress in Chicago, Illinois.

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$25 – Hamilton Broadside

A limited edition broadside designed and printed by Bill Moran, Artistic Director at Hamilton Wood Type and the limited edition print designed by Jennifer James of Two Paperdolls.

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$75 – Hamilton Commemorative Poster

A  limited edition poster to commemorate the last open day at the 1619 Jefferson Street location of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum this poster was designed and printed in the pressroom. Donors also receive the limited edition print, Form & Function, designed by Jennifer James of Two Paperdolls.

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