Point Pleasant Register
West Virginia State Farm Museum
The Point Pleasant Register was housed in a small framed building, when editor George W. Trippett began printing the paper on March 6, 1882. He published the paper for more than 40 years. The masthead, listing Trippett as the editor and proprietor, indicated that the Daily Register was started in 1895.
When plans developed for constructing a replica of this newspaper building in the middle 1970’s, Oral Eads completed a set of plans for the museum that duplicated the 20-foot by 32-foot structure.
Some of the type & fonts came from L.W. Getty’s business. The Register donated a Linotype Machine that is on display in the building as well as some composing tables that held some drawers of different size type. We can remember this Linotype Machine as one of three that were located on the third floor of the Register building, situated at the time on Fifth Street. This brick building is presently used by local attorney Raymond Musgrave.
The Register also had two job presses in use on that same floor, as well as make-up tables for putting page-size forms of type together. When the forms were completed, they were locked up and moved down to the second floor press room on a dumbwaiter. The large flat presses held either six or eight forms depending on the number of pages required for the paper for that day.
As you approach the Register building, you will note that it provides numerous kinds of printing services. Printed on the building are the following types of work the company could provide: Briefs, Catalogs, Records, Programs, Price Lists, Letterheads, Bills of Sale, Notebooks, Envelopes and Circulars.
Referring back to The Point Pleasant Register, the Fifth Street building sustained much damage during a fire in 1951. The company then purchased the property at Main and Second Streets, where it is presently located.
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