Hamilton Wood Type Mfg. Co. was founded in 1880 and manufactured printer’s type and print shop furniture well in to the latter half of the 20th century. The Hamilton brand has been bought and sold through the years, and is currently owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Now operating as a working museum, the collection is being forced to move from the same building used to manufacture type since 1927. The cost for moving the equipment and collection (the largest collection of wood type in the world at 1.5M pieces!!) is steep. To make matters worse, they’ve been asked to move as soon as February.
If you’re a supporter of type or printing, or if you simply love design, please consider donating to the museum. Every sale, membership, and donation will only help.
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Photos above are from our 2011 trip to HWT.