Wood has been used for letter forms and illustrations dating back to the first known Chinese wood block print from 868 CE. Metal type could not be cast much larger than an inch and still retain the flat surface required for letterpress relief printing. As illustrated (on the Lincoln poster, above right and images below) wooden type was often mixed with metal type in a conglomeration of styles. Original Posters. All posters letterpress printed using wood and metal type, cuts, and images. Printed the old fashioned way with a little elbow grease and lots of love.
The Poster was one of the earliest forms of advertisement and began to develop as a medium for visual communication in the early 19th century. They influenced the development of typography because they were meant to be read from a distance and required larger type to be produced, usually from wood rather than metal. The history of the wood type letterpress poster begins around 1828 with Darius Wells’ development of wood type–a welcomed alternative to metal type which was only successful and practical for smaller-size print productions. So as display type expanded in size, printers and founders experienced increasing problems. For example, during the casting process, it was difficult to keep the metal in liquid form while pouring.
Through the UMN he leads a three-week European type history tour that showcases the birth of printing and rare books in Spain, Germany and Italy. Hamilton Wood Type’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition poster on press at the museum. Wood type was invented in the 1800s to satisfy the demands to create larger poster advertisements for competing businesses, WOFF fonts are the new standard created for displaying typefaces on web sites. As a new era of type usage emerges, another era of type history may be coming to a close. Because of the heavy use of wood type in the 1800s, often using 20 plus typefaces for a single poster, the design style is symbolic of that period. American wood-type posters provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Sean Adams as part of the Foundations of Graphic Design History.
Our wood type posters & letterpress prints, created using our library of antique metal & wood type & printed on vintage presses, can be purchased from our shop. This Pin was discovered by Betsy Lin. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. See more about Type Posters, Poster and Woods. This Pin was discovered by Lindsay Goldner. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. See more about Type Posters, Poster and Renaissance. As you might imagine, the discussion covered a variety of typographic topics, but seemed to have an emphasis on the history and culture of letterpress as it relates to contemporary typeface design, design education, and poster printing. Contribute To Help Save Letterpress History. The world’s most extensive wood type museum needs our continued support! Richard Kegler explores the history and process of digitizing classic wood type.
Wood Type Posters & Letterpress Prints
Still Drawing a Crowd: Poster Type from Rob Roy Kelly to Globe. My mind was blown by the history of print. I can’t summarize all the information about how the wood type is made, but there are so many steps and machines which I’d never heard of before. The space is open and well-maintained, with a large amount of machines, wood type, and posters to view. The reference is still Berthold’s poster type cut in Plakadur, a resin supplied by Dynamite Nobel in the 60s, called Trolon (the factory is in Troisdorf, Germany).