The Balinson collection consists of 9 fonts of Hebrew metal and wood type. Acquired from Joan and Morley Balinson in 2013, the type was used by Morley’s father Henry Balinson, who founded Hamilton’s International Press Printers which operated from 1911 to the late 1960s, as well as a Yiddish Newspaper, Jewish Voice of Hamilton (1933-1943). Henry Balinson was able to speak and compose type in 11 languages, and was an outspoken, intelligent, dynamic member of the Hamilton community. Morley began helping out in the shop as a child and continued International Press Printers until the late 1960s.

For more on this collection, see here. Most of Massey College’s printing collections are uncatalogued. If you are interested in this collection, please contact the Librarian.

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