© photo Tipografia Pisi & Cinti
The Typographic Museum (Vintage typewriters) in Porretta Terme was founded in July 2015. The founder, Dante Pisi, has gathered machines and materials related to the printing activities with such passion, earnestness and professionalism to give birth to an actual printing museum.
The museum amounts less to a mere display of objects and equipment than it retains an active memory of what the typographic culture was and should be. As a “typographic sign”, it aims to concern with a deeper mark than the one left by ink on the paper: an educational print, able to mold the taste, the order, the aesthetics.
The museum hosts a large number of Italian and foreign manufactured machines, from the XIX century on, through which it is possible to trace the main processing stages of this charming craft. It is possible to admire millions of movable types for typesetting, stored in their original wooden drawers; a wide collection of posters and print material documents a century of the history of Porretta Terme and its surroundings.
Thanks to the gathered material, the visitor can retrace the history of print and its manifold manufacturing, wooden and leaden types, margining, threading and contouring styles. The items range from printing presses, cutters and paper knives, to numerous vintage Olivetti and Underwood typewriters; book presses, a linotype and much more, not to mention the pedalina, a famous printing machine prototype, immortalized by Totò e Peppino in the movie La banda degli onesti. With this prototype, in 1955, Dante Pisi started his printing activity: business cards, coach tickets, posters for dancing events, flyers and so on.
The Typographic Museum is a universal cultural heritage to preserve and valorize for the benefit of the whole community. It is an appealing itinerary through the history of print, from the invention of the first devices to present days.