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Printed Words & Images in America before 1900
The American Printing History Association’s 42nd annual conference
Worcester, Massachusetts, October 6–7, 2017
The American Printing History Association’s 42nd annual conference will be held jointly with the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 6–7, 2017, with a post-conference event on October 8 at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Please join us amidst a colorful New England autumn at the institution founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas for exploration of the production, distribution, reception, and survival of printed words and images in America to 1900. The goal of clear communication was often coupled with a deadline and a budget. In the face of these constraints, printers used the materials and equipment at their disposal to design and produce necessary items in the service of democracy, education, science, commerce, entertainment, and the arts. The inventiveness and problem solving resulted in work ranging from the pedestrian to the sublime and that might, when considered carefully, offer lessons for today’s communications environment. How can the past inform the present and the future? How can the study of continuity and change through printing history inform contemporary design?