The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA and a tour of Smog City Brewery Company in Torrance.
One of the best collections of antique printing machinery in the world can be found inside of here.
Massive iron and steel machines, works of mechanical genius made before letters could be turned into strings of 1s and 0s, crowd this impressive museum. So unique and handsome are some of the machines that they have become stars in their own right and appear in numerous movies, among them Amistad, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Last Samurai, Newsies, Catch Me If You Can, Treasure Hunters, Gilmore Girls, and most recently Seven Pounds.
A guided tour of the museum took us through the history of mechanical printing from wooden type blocks in Asia to the types of printers that printed Luthers bibles and brought about the reformation to fantastical machines of the 1900s, such as the astonishing Linotype machines, made to set type, and making possible modern newspapers. At the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the mechanization of printing presses (letterpress, linotype, etc.) brought literature and news widely to the general public, allowing literacy to be not just for the elite.
You want three colors on your poster?
Old school ink made of soot.
The museum also features a replica of Ben Franklin’s working colonial printing shop, which features the 3rd oldest American-made printing press, and many other amazing and strange mechanical marvels such as the “Grasshopper” a strange press which looks like a giant insect rubbing its legs while it prints.
Talk to the hand or just read it.
The tools of old school printing.
Type carefully, there’s no spell check.
A demo of how to make paper.
Linotype magic in action.
My lead slug.
Time for some brews. In October 2011, Smog City Brewing Co. began brewing beer at the Tustin Brewing Co. (TBC) brewpub. By utilizing TBC’s excess fermentation capacity, Smog City was able to brew well-crafted beers, and personally distribute to restaurants and bars throughout Los Angeles County.
They need the rest.
Drink beer and enjoy the tour.
Up close and personal.
We’re going in.
Tapping out, thanks Smog City!
Smog City Brewery Company
1901 Del Amo Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
Taproom Hours: Thursday & Friday: 4 – 9 PM | Saturday: 12 – 8PM | Sunday: 12 – 6PM