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Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print in Nashville TennesseeHatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee

Two Brothers, Charles R. and Herbert H. Hatch, established their historic print shop Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee in 1879. Their first job was printing handbills for an upcoming appearance by Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Their distinctive style that balanced type size and colors as well as horizontal and vertical layout would earn them additional work creating posters designed to create excitement for vaudeville acts, sporting events, circus performances and minstrel shows. Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee does not disappoint.

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Adorning windows and the sides of buildings, these unique posters would inform people when these productions were coming to town. Hatch Show Print flourished during this heyday of get-up-and-go show business by incorporating a mix of American history, southern culture and entertainment. The company’s golden age was from the early 1920s to the mid-1950s as Hatch Show Print would help usher in the growth of country music.

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The print shop maintains a close working relationship with the Grand Ole Opry. The company’s original location was right behind the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music. In addition to legendary country music performers, Hatch also produced show posters for well-known jazz and blues entertainers like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
The company would apply their same distinctive style to small jobs for movie theaters, stores and filling stations. In an age of modern offset printing and digital designs, the Hatch Show Print continues to utilize their time-honored letterpress style to create a unique look and texture that is still in demand by artists and advertisers from around the world. Hatch designs and prints 500 or more posters each year. The company also assisted in the design of a U.S. postal stamp.
Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee

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After more than 10 years on lower Broadway, Hatch Show Print now occupies four separate spaces at 224 5th Avenue South in Nashville Tennessee. During the hour-long guided tour, guests learn about the company’s history and the techniques behind letterpress printing. While the Space for Design enables visitors to watch demonstrations and then hand ink the final color for a poster made with classic wood block type from the company’s historic collection.

Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee There is also the opportunity to use some of the tools to create their own commemorative poster. The Haley Gallery features displays of historic prints and posters. The large print shop enables guests to view current posters rolling off the presses. There is also a company store. Visit Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee today!

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13 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. That looks like a really neat tour! How fun to learn about print shops. How cool that this place helped to usher in country music! 

  2. What a fun place!! I would love to check this place out the tour sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. What a fun tour! I love that you can lean to do your own printing! Very cool.

  4. Tara Noland

    That is a great tour, thanks for taking us along!! Great pictures!!

  5. Shauna

    What a fun tour to go on. I love prints like this and the history behind them. I am so happy this still exists in today’s world

  6. This looks like so much fun! I would love to learn more about the history!

  7. Kathy

    That looks like so much fun. I love learning about history too. I think making a print like that would be an awesome experience!

  8. What a great tour! I would love to go on this! We love Disney and finding new places to go with my family. 

  9. This looks like somewhere fun to go next time we are in Nashville. I love all the colorful prints!

  10. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love to do things like this. I would love to do this tour. I am hoping to be in Nashville in the next year.

  11. Wow! This looks really neat! I think my husband would love a place like this and it’s great that they let you print too. We’ll have to check it out the next time we visit Nashville!

  12. Love this post! Nashville is on the top of my bucket list!

  13. Elizabeth Lampman

    This sounds like a great shop. I would love to see how they do the prints.

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