Daily Archives: September 16, 2010

A real Word Press

Monday I visited the Ulster-American Folk Park in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. This is a marvelous open-air museum with old houses, some of which have been moved from their original place to the Park for preservation. One of the houses belonged to Judge Thomas Mellon,  founder of the Pittsburgh banking dynasty.

One of the houses that caught my attention was the house of a common (poor) family of about 1790. I wrote about it in a different blog here.

The park traces the movement of immigrants from Ireland to America. Having been interested in printing since taking a course in letter press printing during my Junior year in high school, I found the print shop of interest.

There was an old Remington typewriter in the window of the print shop.

Typewriter at Ulster-American Folk Park

Typewriter at Ulster-American Folk Park. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The lady printer is operating a proof press. She actually printed a contract of passage for me to board a ship and sail for the New World.

Proof press at ulster-American Folk Park. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Proof press at Ulster-American Folk Park. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Now that’s a real Word Press.