Grand Lodge Director of Communications
Past Master - The Colonial Lodge No. 1821
In the days before InDesign and Photoshop, printing was both an art and a skill. Like the law, it was a profession with its own arcane and specialized language; but like architecture, it also required an element of aesthetics and mechanical skill. A good printer would understand inks and papers, but also proportion, typefaces, and style.
While those characteristics still define a good graphic designer, desktop laser printers have largely replaced the printer and the easy availability of desktop publishing software has democratized even design. But like most things, the product of these old master craftsmen reveals a stunning dedication to their art – physical evidence that they truly don’t make ‘em like they used to.
Below are examples of old printed material from the archives of the Grand Lodge. Each are notable for their remarkable craftmanship and attention to detail. But moreover, they display incredible artistry the layout and choices of graphics and typeface. (Notice the total and blissful absence of Papyrus.)
You might be able to reproduce or even improve on these documents today, but the costs would make Caligula blush. So enjoy these artifacts of a bygone day when craftsmanship was king.