Lasting Impressions in Print - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Lasting Impressions in Print

$30 per person
2 hours
Up to 25 people
See Dates
$30 per person
Carson, California
What We’ll Do

Step back in time to explore one of the world's largest collections of antique printing machinery, including floor and table model iron, proof, and clamshell presses, typewriters, and Unitype and typography machines. Some are so rare and unique that Hollywood has used them in period films and TV shows. The event begins with an introduction to the museum and the history of printing. We will have the opportunity to view many of the machines in action, as we hear detailed accounts of each apparatus. Then, we will learn to print with various methods of inking, pressing, and rolling, and listen to the rattle of a real working linotype machine (operated, of course, by a professional).

Where We’ll Be

The event will take place in the museum, which is located in a large warehouse-style space sectioned off by walls.

About Your Host

Hi. I'm Ben, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am someone always seeking out strange, intriguing, off-the-beaten-path, and under-the-radar venues and locations in and around Los Angeles. As a big fan of letter-block printing and old printing presses, I find the Printing Museum absolutely fascinating. I am also a freelance photographer; some of my work can be found on my website -

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

*Ticket includes admission to the museum, guided tour, printing demonstration/workshop, and special custom keepsakes!
*Be prepared to stand/walk for 60-90 mins.
*Casual attire recommended for the hands-on portion, which involves ink and other potentially messy material.
*Family friendly.

Dates and Availability
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What We’ll Provide

*Antiquated printing presses and other machinery is provided for use during the event, as well as, inks, paper, and other printing supplies.

*Attendees will take home a handful of self-printed art, which may include cards, prints, posters, postcards, and bookmarks. Everyone will also get linotype.

Additional Information
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Group Size

There are 25 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

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