I had an unexpected opportunity this weekend. In fact, it was so unexpected that it was one of those things you wish you could have prepared for and had more time to explore. However, I seized the opportunity when it fell into my lap, like any good graphic designer enamored with their work would. While attending a book signing event with my grandmother, and after driving over 3.5 hours to get there, we truly discovered a gem. Nestled in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains and part of the Big South Fork National Land Preservation Area, we discovered a colony where you could easily step back in time. WAAAAYYY BACK. And by colony, I mean just that. The community of Rugby TN was apparently originally settled by the British in the 1880s. And now, the community is a tourist attraction bringing in history lovers from far and near. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find something that would thrill me and those in my profession from a career standpoint. But I did.
In the center of the community stands a building, refurbished, though authentic: The Rugby Print Shop. Still furnished with tools and equipment from the era I couldn't get enough of the way our earliest career ancestors must have felt laying out copy and 'designing' their papers and flyers. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them!
And though I didnt get to set up an actual demonstration or see the press in action, here is a shot from the community's website: http://www.historicrugby.org/