The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades it was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows ... More
Hatch Show Print
The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades it was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows and sporting events. Today, it is best know for creating images of Grand Ole Opry stars, thousands of which line the shop's walls. Modern-day artists employ the same techniques that have been used since the 15th century, including printing works on site. There is a 15% discount on purchases up to $100 with a Country Music Hall of Fame ticket.
We just happened to walk into this shop when it started raining really hard. We decided to wait inside, til the sun came out again. The people in the shop were very friendly, and the owner showed us around the place. We got to check out the machines they use and everything. There's lots to see, and you can find cheap bargains aswell as more pricey quality prints.
Definitely a place I'll visit again if I get the chance.
My tastes do run differently from what I found in this place. It was not where I feel comfortable with selecting and buying. Off beat you might say and not worth what they are asking. Might be your style but not mine.
A must stop for anyone who loves carnival posters!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 6/21/06
I am a printmaker, woodcuts, etching the like, and I have always had a thing for those thickly inked advertising posters. With their vibrant layers of primary color overlapping to create a rainbow of shades and graphics so cool you can't help but want to tear them off electrical poles and out of shop windows.
When I stepped into Hatch Show Prints I was thrilled. A step back in time for sure! Grungy? yes! No flashy showroom there, Just presses, and paper and folks with ink under their nails. So much fun to watch the process. Posters may be purchased in all shapes and sizes. There are bins to browse through right up front full of pieces with minor a oops here or there, and all can be had for a great price. I had flown into town for a wedding and was thankful for the great rolling and wrapping of my purchases to insure a safe trip home. Check it out!
This is a Nashville treasure that should not be missed. It certainly won't take you a lot of time, and its very centrally located on Broadway. This establishment has been creating their trademark posters for generations, and still use the same techniques as when they started. Its fascinating to watch and the staff is very friendly. Posters are for sale...cheap! This place really adds so much to the flavor of downtown...it would be a shame to pass it by on the way to some of the "bigger" attractions.
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