Last Saturday was the inaugural Howard Iron Works Print Expo & Fair, where we had a table selling our paper and second-hand books on topics relating to the book arts. The show was hosted by Howard Iron Works, a restorer and museum of old printing equipment affiliated with Howard Graphics.
The tables for the fair were set up in the workshop, which had just undergone two days of cleaning and was spotless. I guess we aren’t the only people who are motivated to clean by the threat of company coming!
The museum itself is amazing! The front room contains the best showpieces: There were eight or so iron presses including a Hoe Washington, a Colombian, and an Alexandra, and a few platen presses including a Pearl and a Curtis & Mitchell. There was also a cylinder press, an etching press, and many other smaller press-related items.
The back room had much plainer decor, but was also much larger, and contained easily a hundred presses and related machines. The room was divided into perhaps six bays, and here are some of the machines on display in two of them:
The show had a good turnout, especially considering that this is the first year of what we hope will be an annual event. This was done in coordination with the local Doors Open event, so it is hard to tell how many people came for Doors Open and stayed for the fair, and how many actually came for the fair itself.