The Tiny Type Museum
& Time Capsule
Just 12 museums are still available! Place your order now.
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 several dozen genuine artifacts from the past and present, 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, and a few replicas of items found in printing shops. Read more about what the museum contains. or order below.
Each drawer of the Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule has its own unique treasures.
The museum includes a letterpress-printed book written for the project, Six Centuries of Type & Printing, in which Fleishman traces the development of type and printing starting before Gutenberg printed his Bible around 1450 up through the present day. This book acts as “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 also slides out neatly as part of a sled from the top of the museum case, and provides the visible name.
Each museum also includes a curator’s guide that details each specific or category of artifact—and a secret compartment.
The project started with a crowdfunding campaign that completed March 1, 2019, in which half the museums were spoken for. Through pre-orders in the last 18 months, a total of 88 have been sold. The first batch of museums shipped in October 2020.
You can order one of the 12 museums remaining for sale from an edition of roughly 100. Museums ordered today are pre-orders that ship by December 2020.
You can also order the book 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.
The Tiny Type Museum & Time Capsule is packed with historical and modern artifacts.
Copyright ©2019–2020 Aperiodical LLC. Contact Glenn Fleishman with any questions.