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Tina Turner called in her own orders. James Brown marked decades of his career with Globe. From Benny Goodman to Jimi Hendrix, from the Temptations to Two Live Crew, Globe Poster printed for hundreds of top music acts — and plenty of strivers who never made the cut.


For more than 80 years, Globe posters brightened city street corners and telephone poles, country crossroads and union halls, shouting the names of musicians, movies and magicians, and dates for circus shows, carnivals and auto races.

When Globe Poster Printing Corp. closed its doors in 2011, the Maryland Institute College of Art stepped in to preserve Globe’s archive and to ensure the Globe story didn’t end. Sixteen truckloads of posters, wood type, printing blocks, sketches, and other tools of the trade wound through Baltimore’s streets to a new home, kicking off another era for Globe.

Work With Globe

MICA keeps Globe's legacy alive as the Globe Collection and Press at MICA, a working press, a teaching tool, and a source for research.

Highlights of theGlobe acquisition include

  • Hundreds of drawers from Globe’s rich collection of sans serif wood type in an astonishing array of weights and sizes, enough to keep four compositors at a time setting type in Globe’s heyday.
    Explore the type collection
  • Approximately 20,000 letterpress "cuts" — the illustrations, lettering and photo images used to create posters — including many hand-carved blocks by artist Harry Knorr, who helped to create Globe’s signature look. The cuts show the range of Globe’s clients, from music acts to carnivals, circuses, drag races and burlesque.
    See the cuts
  • Original posters and lockups — the printing forms combining type and images — that demonstrate Globe’s craftsmanship and range, from the era of the magician Blackstone to Frank Zappa’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Browse the posters
  • Rolodexes of musicians and promoters, orders and invoices from clients, sketches and drawings, tickets and handbills — the paper trail of a diverse history promoting the people’s entertainment.
    Explore the Ephemera
A proof of “job shop gothic” wood type from Globe. See more in the type collection.
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Explore History & Style

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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