The Tiny Type Museum
& Time Capsule
Museums are still available for pre-order! See below.
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, 71 are spoken for in a planned edition of 100. The museum and book are in preparation for delivery in January 2020.
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.
Pre-order one of the remaining available museums, as well as other items:
- The museum, prepaid in full
- The museum, paid as 10 installments
- The letterpress edition of the book (included with museum)
- The ebook edition of the book (included with museum)
- A Linotype slug with your custom text (included with museum)
Subscribe to Glenn’s very low-volume project announcements list for future updates about this and other projects.
A prototype of the Tiny Type Museum and Time Capsule.
Copyright ©2019 Aperiodical LLC. Contact Glenn Fleishman with any questions.