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Project 007: Hatch Show Print

For Project 007 we asked you to send in documentation of a lost or endangered art. Our example was a letterpress print shop and,...

For Project 007 we asked you to send in documentation of a lost or endangered art. Our example was a letterpress print shop and, as it turns out, letterpress print shops have dominated the submissions as well. While we thought there'd be more variety, it's been interesting to witness the tenacity of this particular low-tech, tactile art.This latest submission is from reader Bob Gnaegy. He writes:"Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America and is operated as a historical site and an active business. A working museum that continues the craft of letterpress printing, Hatch strives to preserve the history of the shop with an archive that includes type and woodblocks, posters and documents.Hatch has been making entertainment posters, or 'show posters,' in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1879. The talented craftspeople at Hatch continue to print and design posters that are distinctive and eye catching – the happy result of pressing hand-inked, hand-carved woodblocks, type and metal plates onto paper."