In its new home at MICA in Baltimore, Globe’s in the classrooms, on press, and still making headlines.


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The type, engravings and other tools that made Globe famous now reside at MICA, as the Globe Collection and Press. Check out new work made with these great creative tools, as well as restrikes from our huge letterpress collection. And if you're looking for a custom poster in the Globe style, send us a note!

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Press Highlights

  • WYPR’s The Signal – Aaron Henkin talks to Bob and Frank Cicero about Globe Poster, Then and Now

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  • INK at Creative Mornings Baltimore – Mary Mashburn and Allison Fisher get up early to talk about Globe to the Creative Mornings crowd

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  • MICA to buy Globe Poster collection – The colorful work of Baltimore's Globe Poster Company, which began in 1929 and closed last year, will live on at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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  • A Visit to Globe Poster – Maryland Institute College of Art has arranged to acquire a significant collection of working letterpress and archival materials from Baltimore-based showcard printer Globe Poster.

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  • Fine Print: Trenton Doyle Hancock and Globe – Trenton Doyle Hancock worked with Bob Cicero, MICA's Mary Mashburn, and the BMA's Ben Levy to create a limited edition print to benefit both the school and the museum.

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  • Stop the Presses: Globe’s Last Poster – After 82 years in business, Globe Poster has printed its last show poster

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  • Men and Ink – Globe Poster has been designing and printing its iconic show posters for nearly three-quarters of a century.

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  • City Paper Sizzlin’ Summer – Globe type and imagery was used throughout City Paper's 2015 Sizzlin' Summer issue.

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  • New Globe Poster for D.C. Funk/Punk Spectacular – Using elements from MICA's extensive Globe Poster collection, Bob Cicero and Mary Mashburn designed this fantastic poster for what figures to be an amazing afternoon/night of music at the 9:30 Club next Sunday.

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  • Best of Baltimore 2011 – Globe noted in Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2011 — Acquisition: MICA Purchases Globe Collection.

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  • Globe Poster: An Illustrated History Of American Music – Whirring sounds of an old Heidelberg Windmill letterpress echo in the warehouse of Globe Poster in East Baltimore. Owner Bob Cicero explains how the machine works.

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  • The City Paper “Pressed for Time” – Baltimore's Globe Poster Company holds decades of music and printing history--and it's on the verge of being lost

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  • The City Paper “Letter Men” – Letter Men: The Globe Poster Company Would Like Your Attention For a Moment

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Spot a globe poster in the wild?
Let us know!

  • These were found at a trip to the Hard Rock in Orlando, James Brown and BB King. I saw the BB King looking across the restaurant and knew without a doubt that it was a Globe, and then got close and checked the footer to confirm it was in fact Globe Poster Baltimore.

    Allison Fischer, Friend of Globe ’11

  • Tons of Globe posters plastering the walls of a gym in an amazing video Ace Kieffer made of his dad boxing.

    Mel Barat, Friend of Globe ’11

  • Globe Poster in background of Ghost World (2001). Steve Buscemi’s character Seymour is an avid music fan and record collector–selling Enid an old Blues album. No doubt he would be familiar with Globe Poster. Well done, set designers and prop people.  source

    Carolyn Williams, Friend of Globe ’11

  • A few Globe posters were spotted in Matt Porterfield’s film I Used To Be Darker. This frame can be seen in the official trailer.

  • In season 1 of House Of Cards a Globe poster was spotted in the room of Freddy, owner of Freddy’s BBQ Joint, a place Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood frequented.

  • Globe posters on a wall in VA.


Friends of Globe

In 2010, a small group calling itself Friends of Globe formed with the intention of preserving Globe Poster, then in the process of shutting its doors.

Globe interns help to keep the press rolling, learning the Globe style and working on client projects.

Ande Campbell, Mary Mashburn, Steve St. Angelo, Christian Sturgis, Jean Thompson and Sue Walther started the process of looking for a new home for Globe in partnership with Bob Cicero, then running Globe with his brother, Frank. The group, drawing on the expertise of Globe friends Joe Galbreath, John Lewis and Elaine Eff, came to the conclusion that a home that allowed for Globe to be used and appreciated by a new generation of printers would be ideal.

And that led the group to MICA, where Mashburn was an adjunct professor, teaching letterpress in the Printmaking Department. A student Friends of Globe group formed under the leadership of Allison Fisher and began to push for the collection’s acquisition.

Thanks to an introduction from Julian “Jack” Lapides, and the tireless work of the students and many faculty and staff at MICA, that vision was realized in 2011 when MICA purchased a sizable portion of the Globe collection and brought owner Bob Cicero to MICA to teach the Globe style.

The student Friends of Globe blog chronicles the days of pushing for MICA to buy the collection, the months of packing that followed the acquisition, and the arrival of the collection at MICA.

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Special thanks to some of the earliest advocates for Globe at MICA
Original Friends of Globe: Ande Campbell, Elaine Eff, Joe Galbreath, Jack Lapides, John Lewis, Mary Mashburn (Globe Adviser 2011-2016), Steve St. Angelo, Christian Sturgis, Jean Thompson and Sue and Rich Walther
MICA students and graduates Ellen Culpepper, Tara Dahabsu, Allison Fisher (now Globe Coordinator), Colin Ford, Greg Gazdowicz, Michelle Ghiotti, Zoe Keller, Sabrina Kogan, Kailie Parrish, Becky Slogeris and Carolyn Williams; Globe packing support team Colin Benjamin, Taylor Black, Ariel Braverman and Raj Bunnag; Globe at Meyerhoff exhibition team Deana Haggag, Allison Gulick, Chloe Helton-Gallagher and Kelcey Towell; and inagural Globe intern coordinators Ingrid Schindall and Amy Cousins
MICA faculty and staff: Cindy Barth, Meaghan Carpenter, George Ciscle, Gail Deery, Calvin Evans, Dan Gilbert, Alex Heilner, Amy Hodges, Brockett Horne, Mary Anne Lambros, Ellen Lupton, Tim Milner, Michael Molla, Jennifer Cole Phillips, Whitney Sherman, Marian Smith, Anne South, Sarah Tiedeman Gallagher, Jonathan Thomas, Kyle Van Horn
Then-President Fred Lazarus for committing to purchase Globe and Provost Ray Allen for his vision, unflagging support and guidance
Hatch Showprint’s Jim Sherraden, type scholar David Shields, and Hamilton Wood Type’s Jim Moran for their wisdom and inspiration
Roger Gastman for opening a lot of doors
Jordon Steele, Gabrielle Dean and Sonja Jordan Mowery of Johns Hopkins’ Sheridan Libraries
Perry Tymeson and Bruce Baggan for press expertise
Jimmy Jones and crew for the world’s most efficient move in extreme heat
Mike McNeive and the Drexler crew (including expat Kailie Parrish) for their talent and patience as we built this web site
And most of all to Bob and Frank Cicero, for believing in the ragtag group that wanted to find a new home for Globe
Drexler (Hands putting together printing form: Bob Cicero)
Photo credits
Amanda Adams, Raisa Almeida, Evan Christopherson, Sam Culpepper, Frank Hamilton, Chris Hartlove, Allison Fisher, Joseph Hyde, Carolyn Williams
Main headlines were hand set, printed, and scanned using original wood type from the Globe collection.
Body: Alright Sans by Jackson Cavanaugh
Please excuse any omissions and let us know about them right away! [email protected]

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