PROVO, UTAH, April 1, 2011 -- The museum housing the world's most advanced exhibit of the history of printing is facing foreclosure and a lawsuit, and risks losing more than the board members bargained for.
The article I mention above appeared on the web-site of “The Daily Herald” (at www.heraldextra.com).
Sad situation. A printing museum facing foreclosure! Let’s hope that someone comes to the rescue.
Which brings to mind the question, why isn’t there a museum for the reprographics industry? I guess our industry is too small for that. But, if there was a reprographics museum, what equipment should be in that museum?
My picks would include:
Ø A “Pease” blueprint machine.
Ø A Bruning Star Revolute diazo machine (one with a beautiful polished wood feedboard!)
Ø A Xerox 914 copier.
Ø A “Photostat” camera (forerunner of “the copier”).
Ø A 24 foot long Brown Admiral engineering-photo camera.
Ø Three Dupont photo-lab processors: Cronalar, Cronaflex and Crovex.
Ø A Xerox 1860 wide-format engineering copier.
Ø A Xerox 2510 wide-format copier.
Ø A pin-bar, with Jack Cushing’s name engraved on it.
Ø An RH fixed-focus engineering camera.
Ø An OCE 9800, plotter-printer-copier-scanner system (“a repro shop in one box”)
Ø An early-stage pen-plotter.
Ø An HP DesignJet ink-jet plotter (earliest model that offered b/w and color)
Ø A “Peep-Squirrel” binding-strip maker.
Ø A “Roll-Vac” vacuum frame.
Ø A Cactus “full-color” photo-realistic, wide-format printing system.
Ø A Canon “Bubble-Jet” large-format color copier.
Ø A flat-bed printing frame and “roll-out-the-window” track (showing how large-format prints were made by rolling flat-bed frames “out the window”), around the turn of the century (1900).