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Pihs Ho!

At CSULB, I teach Typography and Graphic Design classes. One thing I enjoy doing with my class is introducing them to the history of both by taking a field trip to the International Printing Museum. When you go to the museum, either as an individual or with a group, you get a guided tour through the museums display of antique printing equipment.

It starts with the museums Franklin press, museumtour3
where Gary Mark Remson demonstrates the casting of type, and the quick cooling of type metal.

Then on to the reproduction Gutenberg press, museumtour6where one of the students assists in helping to print a page of the Gutenberg Bible.

We also see the fancy Liberty press,

and everyone’s favorite, the Linotype.
museumtour22 (this photo is from an earlier date)

We then move across the parking lot to the Book Arts area, for some hands on printing. My morning class was having such fun printing, I had to kick them out for the afternoon class!

When you have never printed before, and are setting type, some funny accidents can occur, like this example- he was trying to spell “OH SHIP”, but “PIHS HO” he got it backward!

We al thought this was so funny, that it became our catch phrase for the semester, whenever something went wrong. On the day of the final one of the students brought in a silkscreen, and printed us all “PIHS HO” shirts.

Happy summer everyone!


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    Monex said...

    It is indisputable that Bi Sheng invented the first printing press in the world. As some people are attempting to use clever semantics to make it sound like Bi Sheng s porcelain movable type was not a printing press when in fact it was an early version of the printing press.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:13 am
    wendy said...

    Yes. I’m not sure who’s “clever semantics” you are referring to, but if you visit the International Printing Museum, you will be told that many things relating to printing were started in China. You will also be shown a Chinese wood block, another contribution from that continent.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm