John I. Wells his life, inventions, and letters patent
B.A., Boston College, CoA, USDA Graduate School, Natural History Field Studies
Patent models and the graphic arts
Printing, printmaking and the natural sciences
"John Wells: Hand Press Innovator," American Printing History Association website, 2016
"Earth Day & You," NMAH website blog, 2016
"A Press Pass for William Conant Church," American Printing History Association website, 2015
"The book boom: Early bookbinding inventions," NMAN website blog, 2015
"So you want to curate an exhibit about the 1960s?" NMAH website blog, 2014 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2014/06/so-you-want-to-curate-an-exhibit-about-the-1960s.html
"The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement," a recap for Inside: Vanished Birds of North America, Connect, Smithsonian Libraries, 2014
The Early Sixties: American Culture physical and virtual exhibition, 2014-15 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/early-sixties-american-culture
“The Ramage Printing Press: A Confederate Mystery,” NMAH website blog, 2014
“California Mission Postcards,” NMAH website object group, 2014 http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/california-mission-postcards
Award statement 2014 Wood Engravers’ Network exhibition competition, 2014
Contributing exhibition coordinator Passionate Collectors, The Washington Print Club at 50, 2014
Invention and the Patent Model, physical and virtual exhibition, 2013 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/artifact-walls-invention-and-patent-model
"The 'Pony' Press and the Patent Model Collection," NMAH website blog, 2013
“The Portable Press and Field Printing during the American Civil War,” Printing History, July 2012
19th Century Survey Prints (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/19th-century-survey-prints
Patent Models: Graphic Arts (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/patent-models-graphic-arts
"Research raises questions about Civil War printing blocks," NMAH website blog, 2011 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2011/10/during-the-1970s-the-museum-purchased-a-small-collection-of-printing-blocks-purported-to-have-been-used-to-produce-civil-war.html
Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings, physical and virtual exhibition 2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/keeping-history-plains-indian-ledger-drawings
"Printing history and the Intertype linotype machine," NMAH website blog, 2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2009/04/printing-history-and-the-intertype-linotype-machine.html
Civil War Field Printing, physical and virtual exhibition 2008-2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/civil-war-field-printing
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustrations, physical and virtual exhibition, 2008-2009 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/picturing-words-power-book-illustration
“Publishing the U.S. Exploring Expedition: The Fruits of the Glorious Enterprise” Printing History, January 2008.
“Printing Matrices for Narrative of the U.S. Exploring Expedition” (American History web object group) http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/printing-matrices-for-narrative-of-the-us-exploring-expedition
The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement, physical and virtual exhibit 1998 http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/feather-trade-and-american-conservation-movement
Smithsonian Institution Secretary's Award for Excellence, Collaborative Spirit for participation in the Civil War Book Team, 2013
American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter, DC region
The Washington Print Club, Washington, DC
A representation of the story surrounding the press pass printed by the Union Army of the Potomac and assigned to William Conant Church, of the New York Times, in 1862.
Fashion feathers and the part they played in American Conservation history. A short recap of the story told in the physical and virtual exhibit The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement, 1998, see: http://americanhistory.si.edu/feather/index.htm.
A short recap relating to portable printing presses used by Civil War units to produce orders, and other field documents such as the Appomattox parole.
This article discusses the invention, use, and short-lived importance of the American Civil War portable printing press to the armies and navies of the Union and Confederate forces.
This article discusses the Congressional and east coast print production and printing of the volumes describing the findings of the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-42).
A history of the original U.S. Patent Office building and descriptions of a sampling of patent models now represented in the some 10,000 object collection of the National Museum of American History.
Woodblocks were used to reproduce illustrations prepared in the field. The illustration for this woodblock was prepared on what is now referred to as Teddy Roosevelt Island on the Potomac River for the New York Illustrated News, ca 1863.