Thursday, July 31, 2014
Hatch Show Posters: limited-edition, letterpress beauties
"Triple Johnny" by Hatch Show Posters is one of the best-selling souvenirs that folks take away from a vist to the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Former home of the Grand Ole Opry, it's a thriving music venue that's also a showcase for Hatch Show Print, which specializes in music posters. Founded by brothers Charles and Herbert Hatch in 1879, its 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 ("the little lady that started the big war" in the words of Abe Lincoln). Hatch Show Print posters advertised circuses, sporting events, operas, and before long a new radio phenomenon called the Grand Ole Opry.
Hatch creates uniquely designed posters for nearly every event held on the Ryman's historic stage. Instant collectors' items, these hand-made, limited edition prints sell out quickly and rarely are reproduced. The Hatch artisans use antique letterpress machines, vintage fonts, and a printing technique identical to that of the Hatch brothers in the 19th century.
For your viewing pleasure, I've rounded up a selection of Hatch classics and recent designs that I think are particularly winsome.
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