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 Picture of Font in stick:
 33pt Caxtonian -c.1880

Some printing terms to recall:

galley, key, stone,  signature, stock, dog, mid, magenta, dis, quarto, em, rule, stick, chapel, matrix, stereo, slug, proof press, scoring, ream, spine, cast, hickey, bone, sett off, back knife, ragged, recto, point, Royal, ejector, quoin,  wf reader spread, quadder, calliper, line gauge, die,  super caster, disser, em,  cutting rule, diecase, thin, mounting block, card, nut, mark up, stet, leader, full point, punchbar, half tone, folios, logotype, EN,
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Last Update:

30 April, 2016



Welcome to the Penrith Museum of Printing.

The members of the museum would like to advise that the Museum is open for 2016 with our volunteers ready and willing to get involved for another year of letterpress madness. So if you are interested in seeing working letterpress printing equipment from the 1860's to the 1960's in operation then this is the place for you.

Museum Opening Times:

The museum is open to the public each Saturday for general viewing and demonstrations, between the hours of 10am and 2.00pm and on other days by appointment.  Contact us: 0415 625 573

Please note that the Museum is closed on all public holiday weekends.

Letterpress courses.

New dates for our popular Typography1 and Poster courses for 2016 are.available on our "What's New" page.  

These courses and others we are developing are designed to give participants the opportunity to go back in time and learn how printing was done prior to the advent of computer based technologies See our "What's New" page for more details. 

See our "What's New" page for more details and photos  > go there.

Class numbers are limited (4), 
Instruction by Tradesmen,
Work at your own pace,
Use your own copy or set text,
Learn to read "mirror image",
Learn the type-case layout.

We promise you a great time at the type- case.





If being involved in our Typography programme is something that you think would be of interest to you, then please contact us for more details. See our "What's New" page for more details. 

See our "Group Tours" page if you would like to book a tour for your group.

The museum provides a much needed venue for this important collection of historic printing machinery and equipment that has seen service in a number of Australian print-shops for more than a century.

We hope you enjoy visiting our website and that you will take the time to come and visit the museum and view some of Australia's
printing heritage in action.



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Purpose Statement.

The purpose of the
Penrith Museum of Printing
is to collect, operate, conserve
and showcase letterpress printing
machinery and equipment so
as to keep alive the history,
knowledge and skills of
 letterpress printing for
 present and future



Poster competition winners

Most 'Creative use of letters'

Judged 'Most Interesting'

'Best Quote'