Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hot off the Press

"Advertising without posters is like fishing without worms."
- The Hatch Brothers

Chances are you’ve already seen the unmistakably recognizable posters that are printed at Hatch Show Print. Located in Downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print has been printing posters since the 1870s and is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. The hand-carved blocks that form Hatch posters are laid out in reverse on plates, inked and run through antique letterpress machines by hand. Since each piece of type was handmade over 100 years ago, every poster created has a slightly irregular look, making them appear antique.

Inside Hatch - the walls are lined with prints
Their first print job was a handbill announcing the appearance of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, brother of famed abolitionist and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. It wasn't until the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting a few blocks north of the shop, however, that business really took off. Over the years, Hatch has printed posters featuring country music legends such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, to non-country artists like hometown band, Kings of Leon and my favs, the Dave Matthews Band. Hatch Show Print was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1992 and is still owned by them today.

Posters via gigposters.com

Want to own your very own Hatch print? Stop by! Hatch Show Print is located at: 316 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 and is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday & Closed Sundays.

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