Freedom of the Press: Broadsides and the Hand Press

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Saturday June 29

10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM


with Bill Myers
Saturday, June 29; 10am-4pm

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

From the 16th century to the 19th centuries, printed broadsides and posters were a major means of communication. Unlike pamphlets and newspapers, single sheets posted on walls and lampposts could work something like present day billboards, placing advertisements, announcements of events, political statements, and satirical ballads in front of the public. Make use of MCBA’s extensive wood type collection to make your own posters, printing them on a 19th century iron hand press. These presses were (very likely) originally used to print just the sort of work we will create. These presses also make it easy to experiment with multicolor designs. Bring brief texts you would like to print or use some provided by the instructor.

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