Visit our shop and learn more about our colorful history. Find out who our clients are today-Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Nike, Taylor Guitars, Jack Daniel's, Pizza Hut, Oxford University Press, and the band in your hometown. Watch us prepare a typical poster and, if you like what you've seen, pick out your own piece of Hatch Show Print tradition from our online catalog.
We are located at:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday
*Museum admission not required
Hatch Show Print is a wonderful amalgam of a working letterpress print shop, a tourist attraction, a museum, and an historical archive. We take pride in carrying on the Hatch family's dedication to excellence and accessibility to the public. Now located in a historic building at 316 Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print is a mere sixty feet away from where our old haunt once stood beside the Ryman Auditorium.
It only looks crowded in here because it is. While relocating, we took painstaking effort to preserve the Hatch print shop look and atmosphere, and succeeded handsomely. Our shelves and cabinets are filled with as many as 10,000 basswood and maple wood blocks, thousands of photoplates, and countless drawers of wood and metal type. How do we know where everything is? All type is grouped by style, size, and width-every change in "font" occupies a different section of the shop, every change in size fills a different drawer or shelf.
Although we have as many as fourteen historic printing presses in Hatch, most of our work is generated on four Van der Cook proof presses of various sizes (used for most of our standard production runs) and on a big 1946 Miehle 29 press (used to prepare larger-sized custom jobs and special productions). Remember, these presses are used for letterpress printmaking (i.e., to press wood and metal images against paper); every machine is hand-operated, and every poster is handmade.