Baltimore Printing History: "The Printing Office"
Here’s an interesting printer’s receipt I bought recently from an Austin dealer because the word “Books” appeared in the upper, left corner of the paper. It probably refers to blank books, but I liked the look of it enough to buy it anyway. This paper predates the Civil War and given Baltimore ’s rich colonial and Revolutionary history, I thought there could be a connection to some interesting history beyond the date on the paper. I think I may have been rewarded for my reasoning. I find nothing of historical significance about the printing transaction indicated—payment received from a Mr. Francis V. Moale , an estate trustee, for 25 handbills. But the building where “The Printing Office” was headquartered is the portal for a look back into not only Baltimore ’s history, but American Revolutionary history. The Sun Iron Building , where the printer was located, was built in 1851 and was one of the first iron-frame buildings in the city and served as a model for other buildings. Sadl