Photo courtesy of The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Hatch Show Print
Inside a downtown complex that houses the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the shiny 23-story Omni Hotel, Nashville's famous letterpress company, Hatch Show Print, has found a new home. Established in 1879, Hatch Show Print has created show posters for the likes of Elvis, Hank Williams, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Cash. Its straightforward and graphically bold signs still advertise every performance at the Ryman Auditorium. Visitors can watch designers work as they arrange hand-carved woodblocks or operate the antique letterpress machines that turn out the posters. In the gift shop next to Hatch's workroom, it's a challenge to choose just one image from the colorful wall of posters for sale.
One of the oldest letterpress shops in the United States, Hatch Show Print is now part of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Check out the floor-to-ceiling shelves of carved wooden printing blocks, and browse artwork used to advertise such legends as Bessie Smith, Earl Scruggs, and Johnny Cash. 224 5th Ave. S., (615) 256-2805. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.