Friday, September 19, 2008

Taste of Torrance, The International Printing Museum




A while back, my son and his class went on a field trip to this museum and I tagged along - it was one of the best field trips ever.

Who knew there was such a little gem less than 10 minutes from my home? Okay, so it's not really in Torrance, but it is on Torrance Blvd, just a bit east of Torrance, a stones throw from the 110 fwy, and hidden in a little building across the street from a K-Mart in Carson.

If you like printing, type, typography, graphic arts, antiques, and history, then this is the place for you. They have a full scale replica working Gutenberg printing press, antique linowriters, presses of all types, even antique toys. Saturdays are open to the public, and special events include operating a press, and printing using the museum's collection of real wood type.

During the week, school kids are treated to a tour of the museum, and an entertaining history lesson delivered by Ben Franklin (a very good facsimile anyway). He spoke of his life as a printer, and his many inventions, including the armonica, odometer and Franklin stove. The finale included a 'shocking' introduction to an antique electrostatic generator.

I can't say enough cool things about this place - see it for yourself. For more information, look here.

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