Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress printing shops in the country. We had the opportunity to visit while we were in Nashville and boy, was it a treat!
They have been printing on the same old archive machines since 1879 and their work is amazing! You can get a letterpress save the date, baby announcement, or a Bruce Springsteen poster! I'd say they have a pretty diverse clientele!
Hatch Show hand inks and presses each poster. They honor the heritage of their old archive by using it! (I feel like I could learn a lot from them, since I'm the girl who has been married for 7 years and still hasn't used her china!) Their motto is "preservation through production," meaning that rather than putting the old wooden and lead type in a glass case and stare at them in a museum they keep the dust off by putting them to use doing what they were made to do!
We had a total blast looking through the posters that were in the shop... everywhere!
Want to see a short clip of what they do? I'd definately recommend a visit if you're in the area, even if you've never done letterpress it's still worth a stroll to see beautiful artwork like this:
Last two images from Theresa Williams Design, all other images are my own.