The Recorder & Times: 200 Years of Printing History

Between November 2020 and October 2021, The Brockville Museum put on a temporary exhibit “The Recorder & Times: 200 Years of Printing History 1821-2021” marking the paper's 200th anniversary. We've made some elements of this exhibit available online, including a selection of the objects that were on display in the physical exhibit. 

 

This exhibit marks the occasion of the newspaper’s 200 anniversary (January 2021) and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the local newspaper, including printing technology and the notable characters that once passed through the news- and printing- rooms, like Betty MacDowell, Stu Paterson, and Hunter Grant, among others.  Through objects, images, and stories, the exhibit traces the paper’s 200-year evolution and invites visitors to reminisce about a time when the newspaper was king.

 

This virtual version of the physical exhibit is much scaled down, offering a peek at the objects pulled from our collection. (Click on images to expand)

Washington Press c1851
Washington Press c1851

A hand letterpress manufactured by R. Hoe in New York. It was used by the Brockville Recorder, though may have first been used by the British Whig in Kingston. A hand letterpress utilizes relief printing: individual letters are set, inked, and then paper is pressed against the inked letters by moving the hand lever, to produce a page of text. This letterpress is operated by hand.

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Lubrication Tool
Lubrication Tool

Used to clean ink off of type used on a Washington Hand Press.

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Recorder and Times exhibit
Recorder and Times exhibit

We hope you've enjoyed this peek at our Recorder and Times exhibit. Through this virtual medium we've covered just a small selection of some of the technology, history, and people of the Recorder and Times. You can also browse our online database to see more objects from our collection. Hope to see you in person soon. Stay safe.

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Washington Press c1851
Washington Press c1851

A hand letterpress manufactured by R. Hoe in New York. It was used by the Brockville Recorder, though may have first been used by the British Whig in Kingston. A hand letterpress utilizes relief printing: individual letters are set, inked, and then paper is pressed against the inked letters by moving the hand lever, to produce a page of text. This letterpress is operated by hand.

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