Another point of interest is that it was traditionally held on the 24 August on traditionally what is St Bartholomew’s day. Some bookbinders believe that a Wayzgoose was held on St Bartholomew's Day because he was the patron saint of leather workers. It was no coincidence that on August 24, 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed, perhaps triggering the very first Wayzgoose party at Fust–Schöffer shop in Mainz.
Interesting stuff but what does it mean today. The resurgence of interest in letterpress printing has seen the return of the Wayzgoose. In the USA they now often include the printing of a huge block with the aid of a steamroller. It seems the printer’s picnic has now arrived in Australia, complete with the printing of a large block. In our Wimbel’s Wayzgoose, the steamroller was downgraded to a lawn tennis roller.
The Museum of Printing (in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia) held its first Wimble's Wayzgoose on 28-30 April 2017. It is named after the FT Wimble & Co. Collection which is housed at the museum. The collection was acquired in 1998 and consists of 14 presses, a linotype machine, many cases of metal and wood type and assorted printing memorabilia. There is even a room full of old type writers.