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A Look Back at Hatch Show Print’s History

Get acquainted with the legendary Nashville print shop's work
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A 1930s ad promoting Nashville’s Hatch Show Print.

photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The print shop’s first poster:  a 6-by-9-inch “dodger” announcing a speech by Henry Ward Beecher in 1883.

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This Hatch Show Print poster was designed by Gail Anderson in 2013, featuring a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

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A promotional poster for the Negro American baseball league in 1945.

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Master print maker Jim Sherraden, 61, at Hatch Show Print. Sherraden is retiring after 34 years.

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The shop’s current location is on the first level of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum building.

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Huey, the shop’s cat.

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Sherraden mixes ink for a print. The print shop makes more than 500 new posters and monoprints every year.

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Sherraden applies ink to a block design before transferring it to paper.

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The poster-making process can take up to 40 hours for each poster. Here, part of a vintage block advertising an event at the Grand Ole Opry is drying after the ink was transferred to paper.

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Hatch Show Print created posters for many iconic musicians. This poster advertises an Elvis Presley concert in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1956.

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This Johnny Cash poster was created by the print shop in the 1960s

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A Hatch Show Print poster for a Bob Dylan concert with the Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in 1999.

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A 2004 R.E.M. poster.

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One of Sherraden’s original monoprints, Aztec Plain, from the early 2000s.

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Blocks carved for printing posters are stored on shelves in the back of the print shop.

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Sherraden began making his “paper quilts” in 2012 when he started using his own wood blocks to create quilt-like patterns on paper. This one is #71.

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Sherraden’s paper quilt #64.

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Dozens of Hatch Show Print’s iconic posters and prints line the wall of the shop.

photo: Donn Jones