John Legend poster, Image from Ryman Auditorium Gallery
Check out these examples of letterpress type. Since 1879, Hatch Show Print
has designed and printed posters for some of the biggest names in music. Based in Nashville, with woodblocks and metal type, the business developed a distinctive style in the early 20th century and soon took on vaudeville acts, minstrel shows and the budding motion-picture industry as clients. Show posters created excitement, covering the sides of buildings and barns in cities and towns throughout the country. The golden age of Hatch was from the mid-1920s’s until about 1952. It was a golden era for country music as well, and Hatch captured the spirit of the times. Hatch worked on other musical genres as well, doing work for the great African-American jazz and blues entertainers of the day, such as Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.
In addition to musical acts, Hatch produced posters for smaller jobs such as filling stations, laundries, grocery stores, and movie theaters. Now owned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Hatch Print Shop currently reprints classic posters of Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, and others. The Hatch Show Print Shop also continues to design posters for the Ryman Auditorium with event venue posters for such current bands as REM, Elvis Costello, Margaret Cho, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Trey Anastasio, John Mayer Trio, Smashing Pumpkins, Olivia Newton John and more. Hatch Show Print History Book