Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Typesetting at Banta's

This photograph from about 1905 shows the George Banta Printing Company in the Masonic Building, downtown Menasha.  Located at 165-167 Main Street, the company moved to Ahnaip Street in 1911.  Started as a hobby, the business later became the printer for Banta’s insurance business- calendars, notepads, desk blotters, and the like were produced as promotional and advertising premiums for his insurance customers. The George Banta Company was incorporated in September 1901 and, in time, became a major printer of fraternity and sorority magazines as well as university catalogs, yearbooks, and textbooks and, by 1930, it was printing some 130 periodicals.

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