Haverhill’s Museum of Printing Hosts Typographic Ephemera Party Jan. 11

Linotype brochure from the collection that celebrates the introduction of William Addison Dwiggins’ masterpiece, Caledonia. (Courtesy graphic.)

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Haverhill’s Museum of Printing is having a Typographic Ephemera Party to celebrate its acquisition of more than 11,000 rare typographic items in the Schappler Typographic Ephemera collection.

The collection joins the more than 9,000 typographic items in the museum’s archives. Officials say, it is “one of the most compete 20th century typographic development and promotion collections worldwide.”

The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 11, from noon-3 p.m., at 15 Thornton Ave., Haverhill

According to the museum, “John Schappler worked as a type designer under R. Hunter Middleton at Ludlow Typograph, and also held type design positions with IBM, Compugraphic, Sun and Itek. Schappler was a calligrapher who learned his craft from the renowned lettering teacher and historian Father Edward Catich. He saved almost everything typographic.”

The Museum of Printing’s archive also includes original drawings for every Linotype typeface produced in the 20th century, plus artwork for Intertype and Photon phototypesetters. The Museum of Printing is organizing all of its typographic holdings to be accessible to researchers, historians and graphic design professionals.

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