The Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule is a tribute is a celebration I’m creating of type and printing, and an effort at preserving history for future generations to re-discover. Each custom, handmade wood museum case holds a couple dozen genuine artifacts from the past, including a paper mold for casting newspaper ads in metal, individual pieces of wood and metal type, a phototype “font,” and a Linotype “slug” (set with your own message), along with original commissioned art, a letterpress-printed book recounting six centuries of type and printing history, and a few replicas of items found in printing shops.
I funded the production of dozens of these tiny type museums via Kickstarter in February 2019, and will use this blog to document the acquisition and creation of artifacts for the museums and the museum’s case. I’ll also keep you up to date on the progress in writing the accompanying book, Six Centuries of Type & Printing, as well as other aspects of the project. (You can still pre-order a museum while the edition lasts—most have been sold. I also added a 10-payment plan as an alternative to paying all at once. For more detailed information about the museum, see its permanent web site.)