Hatch Show Print: American Letterpress Since 1879

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Founded by brothers Charles and Herbert Hatch in 1879, Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress poster and design shops in America. Throughout its long history, the shop has produced vibrant posters that served as a leading advertising medium for southern entertainment.

Today, Hatch Show Print creates posters the same way they were made 140 years ago. More than a century after the shop’s beginnings, its staff continues to create new and vibrant posters, perpetuating and celebrating an American style of graphic design that holds great appeal for twenty-first century audiences.

Richly illustrated with more than 300 photographs of historic posters printed throughout the shop’s history, this book examines Hatch Show Print’s relationship to and interaction with Nashville’s music industry. Readers will enjoy the book’s generous selection of images of history posters, carved wood and linoleum blocks, and rare photographs.

Edited by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Published by the University of Illinois Press in 2023. Paperback, measures 8.5 x 11 x 1 inches, 120 pages. ISBN 9780915608348

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