The Tiny Type Museum
& Time Capsule

Just 15 museums are still available for pre-order! See below.

Prototype of the Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule

A nearly finished version of the Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule

The Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule is a celebration by journalist and printing historian Glenn Fleishman 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 and a letterpress-printed book and a few replicas of items found in printing shops.

The museum comes with a letterpress-printed book, Six Centuries of Type & Printing, in which I trace the development of type and printing since Gutenberg printed his Bible around 1450. This book will be the “docent” for the museum, providing insight into the stages in technological and artistic development that took place, and explaining the importance and nature of the artifacts. It will also slip neatly into a slot in the top of the museum case.

The project completed its crowdfunding phase on Kickstarter on March 1, 2019. Between the campaign and other pre-orders, 86 are spoken for in a planned edition of just over 100. The museum and book orders received by November 2019 are in preparation for delivery in July 2020; museum orders received starting December 2019 will be delivered by December 2020. (Note that U.S. and global shipping issues caused by the current pandemic could delay delivery.)

Read more about the museum and related items.

Pre-order one of the few remaining available museums:

You can also order Six Centuries of Type & Printing as a separate item:

Follow the progress of the project at the Tiny Type Blog or get posts to the blog via email. You can view new photos of artifacts as they arrive via this Flickr gallery. You can also watch this talk about type history and the museum on YouTube.

Listen to the Tiny Typecast podcast series, which you can subscribe to via this RSS link, in Apple Podcasts, or in your favorite podcast app. In the series, Glenn speaks with people about how type and printing‘s past keeps informing designers, printers, and others in the present.

You can also subscribe to Glenn’s very low-volume project announcements list for future updates about this and other projects.

Prototype of the Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule

A nearly finished version of the Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule

Copyright ©2019–2020 Aperiodical LLC. Contact Glenn Fleishman with any questions.