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Exhibits in Evansdale Library for Spring 2024

Instruments and Calendars: A Collection of Bob Smakula

Evandale Library - Spring 2024 

In 2010 , Julie Belcher, owner of Yee Haw, and later Pioneer House Letter Press Printing Studio suggested to Bob Smakula, owner of Smakula Fretted Instruments, that he consider having a custom advertising calendar printed. The idea struck a chord and the first modest order of 200 calendars were printed featuring the image of an 1880’s Cleveland, Ohio made banjo by J. French. The promotion proved so popular that from 2010 to 2023 a unique calendar featuring an unusual instrument from the Smakula collection was published. With the exception of 2014.

The letter press style of printing uses movable type that is carefully set up to produce the image. The earliest of the Smakula calendars featured hand carved printers blocks. Later, with some of the more complicated musical   instrument images, laser engraved blocks were used to replicate the detail.

The exhibit will feature a selection of the calendars, the custom printer blocks, and the actual instruments featured on the calendars.

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  • Lauren Deferro
  • Skylar Hunt

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