Raymond Stanley Nelson, Jr.
|Address||1300 Constitution Ave. NW, 20560, DC, Washington, DC, United States of America|
|I was employed at the National Museum for thirty-one years, retiring in October of 2003, but continuing to work at the museum in an emeritus status. During those three decades I worked almost exclusively with the history of printing technology, with an emphasis on methods employed during the first four centuries of printing. Particular effort has been focused on typefounding, including the cutting of punches and the use of hand moulds in the production of printing type. As one of a handful of practicing punchcutters I have completed several alphabets as well as many individual characters. I am presently working on a book about the history and use of type moulds called “The Typefounders’ Handmould.”
As a part of my museum duties I conducted regular public demonstrations using the exhibition’s printing shops and a type foundry. The earliest of these three printing
offices represented 18th century technology and included the ‘Franklin Press,’ the ancient English press named in honor of the American ‘patron saint’ of printing.
Printing was done with a common press made by the Philadelphia press builder, Adam Ramage. Through these years of experience and study I became very familiar with the construction and use of these basic printing machines, as well as many of the presses that followed.
Over the years I have given many lectures and conducted seminars and workshops on typefounding and printing. Since retiring I have taught five, week long courses on the History of Typography at the University of Virginia’s, Rare Book School, as well as a week long course in punch cutting for Wells College's Summer Institute.
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|Name||Raymond Stanley Nelson, Jr.|
|Title/Position||Museum Specialist Emeritus|