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Union Printers Home

Union Printers Home

1892 Historic Property and buildings.

Did you see the article in yesterdays Gazette about the Union Printers Home? Were so grateful to Stephanie Earls, Jerilee Bennett, and Skyler Ballard for this amazing coverage of the Homes past, present, and future! 

https://gazette.com/premium/recovering-the-castle-union-printers-home-in-colorado-springs-poised-for-epic-sequel/article_7792d436-ca80-11ee-8a51-a7943ab3fca9.html

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Did you see the article in yesterday's Gazette about the Union Printers Home? We're so grateful to Stephanie Earls, Jerilee Bennett, and Skyler Ballard for this amazing coverage of the Home's past, present, and future!

gazette.com/premium/recovering-the-castle-union-printers-home-in-colorado-springs-poised-for-epic...

#unionprintershome #coloradospringsgazette
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5 months ago

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I delivered oxygen there back in 2002 I remember the long hallway down stairs with group photos like from Stephen Kings the Shining. I remember the old very tiny Iron elevator. I found this picture a long time ago the pic of the home in the back ground of Nikola Teslas Lab 1899.

No one will know the union printer home like I know it. I spent 43 years there and have lots of stories and lots of memories. Wonderful memories. That’s my forever home.

My Grandmother and my Mother were both residents there. I spent many days visiting them and loving the Union Printers Home.

This is wonderful. So detailed. I can’t wait to read it.

Learned alot!!!

I can’t wait to tour the buildings!

I really enjoyed this article. Billy Dewar was at the nursing home.

Miss This place ♥️

This place holds so much of my childhood! I literally was raised in this building

Archeological assist to COS

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In April of 1909, Union Printers Home superintendent Charles Deacon sent a letter to a Mr. H.B. Wood in Santa Cruz, California. The letter was never picked up by Mr. Wood, so it was returned Unclaimed to the Home. Mr. Deacon never removed the letter from its envelope, and filed the unclaimed letter away. 

Fast forward 115 years to February of 2024, when we discovered the letter in our collections and opened it for the first time since Mr. Deacon sent it. While the content of the letter isnt particularly novel, the letter - and particularly the unique, colorful letterhead - are in excellent condition because they have been protected from the elements for so many years. The colors preserved here are beautiful, so we wanted to share! The image likely came from a hand-colored photograph and depicts the Home grounds right around the time the letter was sent in 1909. 

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In April of 1909, Union Printers Home superintendent Charles Deacon sent a letter to a Mr. H.B. Wood in Santa Cruz, California. The letter was never picked up by Mr. Wood, so it was returned "Unclaimed" to the Home. Mr. Deacon never removed the letter from its envelope, and filed the unclaimed letter away.

Fast forward 115 years to February of 2024, when we discovered the letter in our collections and opened it for the first time since Mr. Deacon sent it. While the content of the letter isn't particularly novel, the letter - and particularly the unique, colorful letterhead - are in excellent condition because they have been protected from the elements for so many years. The colors preserved here are beautiful, so we wanted to share! The image likely came from a hand-colored photograph and depicts the Home grounds right around the time the letter was sent in 1909.

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5 months ago
Happy International Printing Week!

Here are the answers for the printing in TV and films quiz from Thursday! How many of these have you seen?

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Happy International Printing Week!

Here are the answers for the printing in TV and films quiz from Thursday! How many of these have you seen?

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #printingweek #printinginthemedia
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6 months ago
Happy International Printing Week!

As part of many Printing Week celebrations around the country, the Craftsmens Clubs (or the International Association) would select a Miss Printing Week, usually a celebrity or performer. This image from a 1957 Inland Printer shows that Chicagos Miss Printing Week 1957 was Patricia Scot, a local singer. 

Some of the international Miss Printing Weeks included actresses such as Virginia Mayo (1949) and Dorothy Malone (1954). 

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #printingweek #missprintingweek #patriciascot #dorothymalone #virginiamayo

Happy International Printing Week!

As part of many Printing Week celebrations around the country, the Craftsmen's Clubs (or the International Association) would select a "Miss Printing Week," usually a celebrity or performer. This image from a 1957 Inland Printer shows that Chicago's "Miss Printing Week" 1957 was Patricia Scot, a local singer.

Some of the international "Miss Printing Weeks" included actresses such as Virginia Mayo (1949) and Dorothy Malone (1954).

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #printingweek #missprintingweek #patriciascot #dorothymalone #virginiamayo
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6 months ago
Happy International Printing Week!

Can you name all these TV show and film characters who are working with printing equipment? Bonus points if you can name the characters, show/film, AND the actors!
(All answers will be revealed on Saturday - stay tuned!)

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #printingweek #printinginthemediaImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Happy International Printing Week!

Can you name all these TV show and film characters who are working with printing equipment? Bonus points if you can name the characters, show/film, AND the actors!
(All answers will be revealed on Saturday - stay tuned!)

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #printingweek #printinginthemedia
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6 months ago
Happy International Printing Week!

Today is Benjamin Franklins birthday - the reason Printing Week is held during this week each year! Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, so he would have been 318 years old today. 

Born and raised in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Franklin apprenticed as a printer beginning at the age of 12. At age 17, he left for Philadelphia, where he worked in several printing shops. He was then sent to London by the governor of Pennsylvania under false pretenses, but secured work as a typesetter in a London printshop before returning to Philadelphia in 1726. He remained involved and connected with the printing trade and newspapers throughout most of the rest of his life, and used his connection with the press to further the revolutionary cause. 

Because of his importance as an early American printer, a sculpture of Franklin was given to the Union Printers Home in 1914 as a gift from the sculptor, Paul W. Bartlett. Bartlett was a famous Washington, D.C., sculptor who did some work on the reliefs in the US Capitol building. The plaster cast given to the Home was then reproduced as a large bronze statue that was placed in a public park in Waterbury, CT. 

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Happy International Printing Week!

Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday - the reason Printing Week is held during this week each year! Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, so he would have been 318 years old today.

Born and raised in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Franklin apprenticed as a printer beginning at the age of 12. At age 17, he left for Philadelphia, where he worked in several printing shops. He was then sent to London by the governor of Pennsylvania under false pretenses, but secured work as a typesetter in a London printshop before returning to Philadelphia in 1726. He remained involved and connected with the printing trade and newspapers throughout most of the rest of his life, and used his connection with the press to further the revolutionary cause.

Because of his importance as an early American printer, a sculpture of Franklin was given to the Union Printers Home in 1914 as a gift from the sculptor, Paul W. Bartlett. Bartlett was a famous Washington, D.C., sculptor who did some work on the reliefs in the US Capitol building. The plaster cast given to the Home was then reproduced as a large bronze statue that was placed in a public park in Waterbury, CT.

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #BenjaminFranklin
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6 months ago
Happy International Printing Week!

International Printing Week was established in 1944 by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), a trade association separate from the International Typographical Union but one that celebrated the printing industry just as much! International Printing Week is celebrated each year during the week of Benjamin Franklins birthday.

The IAPHC was organized in 1919, and several of its local clubs are still in existence today. The Clubs were created to provide a place for printshop craftsmen (especially those who were overseers of printing operations) to find mutual support and education on the various elements of the printing craft. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many new technologies in printing created lots of specialized areas within the trade, so - for the first time in printing history - the people overseeing whole operations may not have necessarily been familiar with all the work being done in their shops. 

The IAPHCs emblem is the first printers mark ever used - that of 15th Century German printers Johannes Fust and Peter Schoeffer. This specific mark is believed to be a combination of Fust and Schoeffers individual family crests. The emblem is particularly important to us at the Union Printers Home because it shows up in the architectural detailing on the North and South buildings on our property! 

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #internationalassociationofprintinghousecraftsmen #printinghousecraftsmen #fustandschoeffer #printersmarksImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Happy International Printing Week!

International Printing Week was established in 1944 by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), a trade association separate from the International Typographical Union but one that celebrated the printing industry just as much! International Printing Week is celebrated each year during the week of Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

The IAPHC was organized in 1919, and several of its local clubs are still in existence today. The Clubs were created to provide a place for printshop craftsmen (especially those who were overseers of printing operations) to find mutual support and education on the various elements of the printing craft. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many new technologies in printing created lots of specialized areas within the trade, so - for the first time in printing history - the people overseeing whole operations may not have necessarily been familiar with all the work being done in their shops.

The IAPHC's emblem is the first printer's mark ever used - that of 15th Century German printers Johannes Fust and Peter Schoeffer. This specific mark is believed to be a combination of Fust and Schoeffer's individual family crests. The emblem is particularly important to us at the Union Printers Home because it shows up in the architectural detailing on the North and South buildings on our property!

#unionprintershome #internationalprintingweek #internationalassociationofprintinghousecraftsmen #printinghousecraftsmen #fustandschoeffer #printersmarks
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6 months ago

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Great information!

Did you know that Stargazers Theatre (formerly Cinema 150) was actually built on the Union Printers Home property in 1969? The company that built it leased the land from the International Typographical Union for a number of years before purchasing it. This page from the Typographical Journal in early 1970 features the almost too contemporary to be true domed building shortly after its opening. 

What are your favorite memories of this theatre?

#unionprintershome #stargazerstheatre #stargazerstheatreandeventcenter  #cinema150

Did you know that Stargazers Theatre (formerly Cinema 150) was actually built on the Union Printers Home property in 1969? The company that built it leased the land from the International Typographical Union for a number of years before purchasing it. This page from the Typographical Journal in early 1970 features the "almost too contemporary to be true" domed building shortly after its opening.

What are your favorite memories of this theatre?

#unionprintershome #stargazerstheatre #stargazerstheatreandeventcenter #cinema150
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6 months ago

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Mine would have to be the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!! More recently some really good live music! Remember this venue from my early childhood years. My mom worked for ITU most all of her adult life. Fun times.

Alene Leth

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