Bloomfield out and about: Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN

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Having reached Nashville, I stumbled over this gem yesterday - Hatch Show Print - a fully functioning letterpress poster studio that's been going since 1879, and is still creating hand-inked, hand-printed show posters for big acts today (or for smaller ones, someone's wedding 'save-the-date' was on the press).

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The whole shop was a bit of a print-enthusiasts wet dream - ancient cabinets stuffed floor to ceiling with wood and metal type; archive posters pasted to the rafters. Special images are traditionally hand-carved in wood, or more commonly these days, lino (but wood is preferred by one of the main artists who says she gets a better line and ink saturation with wood).
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As this is the second chance letterpress discovery of this trip the world must be trying to tell me something!
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