Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN

By Jessica Walker on April 29, 2011 at 3:25 am EST
Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey S. Otto

Founded by Charles and Herbert Hatch, what is now known as Hatch Show Print began in Nashville as “CR and HH Hatch” in 1879. These young men grew up in Prescott, WI, where their father, William H. Hatch, operated a printshop and taught them letterpress printmaking.

The first print job Charles and Herbert completed—a handbill publicizing the appearance of Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher—launched the brothers into a flourishing career of creating posters for various shows and performances.

The business was especially successful from the mid-1920s until 1952 when Charles's son, Will T. Hatch, was in charge. Will used his woodblock carving talents to craft memorable images of famous country music artists, as well as popular African American jazz and blues performers.

Now, Hatch Show Print is located at 316 Broadway in downtown Nashville, and stands as one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the county. While posters are still created for various musicians, companies such as Nike and Oxford University Press have enlisted the printing press' services, too.

The shop, also offering custom designs and wedding invitations, is a museum and an historic archive as well. It is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.

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