This Web Museum is established for the
purpose of educating the general public, and the next generation, on the
beauties of wood types and engraved blocks. Our mission is to gather, save,
preserve, and interpret wood types and information about them.
As the demand for broadsides increased during
first years of the nineteenth century, the need for the process of
producing large letters cheaply arose. Wood was a logical material
choice because of its ready availability, lightness, and proven
printing qualities. In 1827, Darius Wells of New York City first
found the means to mass produce wood letters. In March of
1828, first wood type catalogue was published by Wells. Throughout
the wood type manufacturing history, many manufactories were in
business. Among those, Wm. H. Page & Co. and Hamilton Mfg. Co. was
the most noted ones.
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