Posted by Harry on 15th Mar 2018

Print heritage preserved in the USA

Heavy metal in 1960s' USA

In Massachusetts in the United States there is a project taking place to preserve the printing heritage of Worcester County by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The project is to survey the existing archival resources available on the area’s printing industry covering the period from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

This photograph shows the press room at Woodbury & Company in Worcester. In 1880 John F. Kyes formed a partnership with John Woodbury, and the company name became Kyes and Woodbury. When Kyes retired in 1898, the name became Woodbury & Company. In 1901, Herbert E. Carlton became Woodbury's partner and the name became Woodbury-Carlton Company. When Carlton left the partnership, the name again became Woodbury & Company. The company stayed in the Woodbury family for all of its existence.

In 1924 a new plant was constructed at Chadwick Square. In 1905, the company introduced photogravure letterheads as a specialty item. In 1915, the sky camera was invented, and Woodbury became known for its "bird's eye view" letterheads. Woodbury was also known for many first day covers, including a million produced in 1963 honoring John F. Kennedy after his death. In 1977 thermography was introduced, and in 1979 computerized typesetting equipment was installed and the electroplating facility was modernized. Woodbury & Company closed in 2002.

There is more on Worcester’s printing heritage at the website https://web.wpi.edu/academics/library/collections/printworcester/histories_worcester.html