|The Tradition of Letterpress Printing at Yale||
The practice of a dinner and evening of entertainment goes back at least as far as the first known mention of the dinner in 1683. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), Mechanick Exercises by Joseph Moxon describes the event as such:
"It is also customary for all the Journey-men to make every Year new Paper Windows...; Because that day they make them, the Master Printer gives them a Way-goose; that is, he makes them a good Feast, and not only entertains them at his own House, but besides, gives them Money to spend at the Ale-house or Tavern at Night. These Way-gooses, are always kept about Bartholomew-tide. And till the Master-Printer have given this Way-goose, the Journey-men do not use to Work by Candle Light."
The items pictured here are keepsakes that
were created for Wayzgoose dinners held at Yale. These and other keepsakes
are part of the Arts of the Book Collection archive of student printing.
2001 Yale University Library
Last modified: 16 November 2001 11:58:23 AM.
by Jae Williams and D.L.Nolting