Nels Maher Print Shop
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Our Print Shop is named in the memory of a friend to Grey Roots, Nelson Maher. Nels worked for what added up to hundreds of hours - first to restore the equipment, then to set it up so that it could be viewed, and finally in giving tours, interviews and demonstrations. Nels’ love of printing started when he was just a boy, working in his father’s Owen Sound print shop, and lasted all of his life.
Stop by on Fridays to see the print shop in action thanks to volunteer Doug Iles.
California Job Case
Foundry type was stored in the compartments of a drawer-like case which kept it positioned in a certain pattern deemed the most efficient during hand composition. This job case belonged to E. Richardson, an Owen Sound printer in the early 1900s.
Wooden Type Collection
19th century wooden type that was most likely used for printing broadsides (posters). Donated by Stan Brown and Jack Osadzuk, Owen Sound printers.
This case is for organizing and storing precisely-sized wooden furniture (pieces of metal or wood used for filling out large blank areas in a chase). Manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Wisconsin.