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General Collection

The General Collection contains posters from the 1950s to the present day. The collection predominantly consists of show posters used to promote or commemorate concerts and entertainment events. The shop has actively archived work, starting in the mid-1980s, through to the present.

 

Offset Collection

The Offset Collection represents the period (late 1960s to early 1980s) during which Hatch offered offset printing, to complement the letterpress printed posters. This additional print process was brought to the business through a merger with another local print shop, Gray Printing. The offset work included handbills and smaller leaflets to hand out or place under car windshields, to drive business for their advertising clients. The collection contains the printing plates that were made during this time, as well as the negatives that were used to create the plates. The shop printed fliers, press releases, and fact sheets for many artists at the request of their talent agencies, including Cedarwood Publishing, Top Billing, and Harry (Hap) Peebles Agency.

 

Petersen Collection

The Petersen Collection contains over 8,000 window cards ranging from the 1950s to 1970s. Originally owned by Ray Petersen, a former Hatch Show Print employee, the collection comprises posters advertising a variety of events including appearances of Grand Ole Opry entertainers around the country, carnivals, fairs, concerts, movies, plays, game schedules for local college sports teams, and more.

 

Signature Collection

The Signature Collection features signed posters from the 2000s.

 

Oversize Poster Collection

The Oversize Poster Collection contains larger posters, including half-sheets, one-sheets, and pole posters. Many of the posters’ dates are unknown, but the earliest poster dates to 1922. What may be considered oversize prints in the twenty first century were commonplace in the first half of the twentieth century, when the dominant medium for advertising was print. 

 

Barnyard collection 

Though they were not originally used as advertising, the original prints of the barnyard series are a highlight of the collection.

 

Business Record Collection

The Business Record Collection encompasses the paperwork produced by Hatch in order to track and maintain a record of their poster orders, which are also known as “jobs.” The shop has always been fastidious in record keeping and historically retained three copies of their orders: one at the front of the shop, one at the back, and one weekly record. Within this collection are the back of the house copies, which include the order records, along with any associated notes or paperwork.

 

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One-sheets (28” x 42”)

Half-sheets (22” x 28”)

Window cards (14” x 22”)

Lobby cards (11” x 14”)

Pole posters (14” x 40”)

 

 

 

 
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