Sponsored by The Book Club of Washington
Sunday, July 24, 1 pm Pacific Time
“The most powerful machine ever developed by man was not the nuclear reactor nor the computer. It was the Printing press, without which neither would have seen the light of day”—Nick Howard.
The Howard Iron Works Museum and Restoration facility was founded by Nick and Liana Howard to realize their dream of creating a museum of printing history focusing on machinery from 1830 to 1950. This is possibly the largest collection of hand iron presses in the world. Each piece represents a key building block in the advancement of printing processes. The Howard Iron Works website www.howardironworks.org contains a wealth of information on the museum’s contents.
The collection features an impressive selection of iron presses, cylinders, platens and bindery equipment. Upon acquisition, all equipment is completely disassembled, repaired, and finished to “as new” condition. The Howards have also assembled an extensive collection of vintage printing-related books and technical and trade journals.
“The printing press itself is inanimate until someone locks up a chase full of type. Then, words and illustrations come alive”—Howard Iron Works website.