This semester I’m taking a History of Graphic Design class and we’ve already had our first field trip to the Crandall Print Museum in Provo, UT. I’ve been there before for my Typography I class (which was 3 years ago…), so I was really looking forward to being able to go again.
This museum is not just for print/typographic fanatics like me, but for all history lovers! The old men who run it are hilarious, so even if you don’t like history, you’ll get your moneys worth just from laughing at their jokes 😉
What I love about this museum is all of the different printing presses you’re able to see and even watch them how they would’ve actually worked the press back then! It’s super cool because they have the only working Gutenberg press IN THE WORLD!! Talk about sa-weet! And they even let you touch them and work the levers. I was even able to pull back the acorn press lever (which I’ll talk about later). It was pretty hard! The type they have set are all actual separate letters like how it really would’ve been done back in the day. They were saying how other museums just have whole plates made with text and don’t have the separate lettering. Pretty cool, huh?
|An actual press back from Gutenberg’s time.
(That’s over 700 years ago, people!)
|The acorn press.|
|Showing how the Books of Mormon were bound.|
|Linotype machine. This one I believe is 100 years
old and still works!!