Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meet the Press

Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the nation's oldest working letterpress and printing shops. Its posters have promoted music concerts, football games, vaudeville shows, state fairs, and pretty much anything else related to pop culture.

Richmond gets a firsthand look at this historic marvel with the recently opened exhibit "American Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print." Organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this traveling exhibit celebrates the American graphic art tradition and includes about 50 original posters, hand-carved wood printing blocks, text panels and labels. The posters advertise everything from musicians and movies to such everyday items as Holsum Coffee, Graves Sausage, and Frigidaire.

Hatch Show Print opened in 1879, the year Thomas Edison introduced the incandescent light bulb to the world.  "American Letterpress" runs at the Library of Virginia's exhibition hall through February 4.  The Library of Virginia, which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Saturday, is located at 800 East Broad Street, just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument. Admission to the exhibit and parking are free.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument