Celebrating 70 years of Superfine

 In 1946, the world was changing, and in Cohoes, New York, the innovative papermakers at Mohawk were creating a new product called Superfine.

For seven decades since, Superfine has endured – inspiring graphic designers, printers, and craftspeople – with its archival quality, superb formation, lush tactility and timeless appeal. Mohawk will honor the iconic grade and recognize its history throughout 2016 with a campaign called #DearSuperfine.

#DearSuperfine encourages artists, graphic designers, printers and others who have worked with Superfine over the years to submit their memories of Superfine and samples of their work. Mohawk will curate photos, quotes and original designs to feature on social media throughout the year as the company celebrates 70 years of Superfine.

The Story of Superfine

1946 was a momentous year. Barriers were broken, innovations were fueled, and optimism reigned. A time of rapid change in society, politics and design in the United States and across the globe, the year 1946 saw many historic firsts.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, a shortstop for the Montreal Royals, made history on April 18, 1946, by breaking the color barrier in organized baseball. Robinson hit a home run during the historic game against the Jersey City Giants, and went on to become the first black player ever signed to a professional league contract.


A futuristic, two-piece swimsuit called the bikini debuted in Paris during the summer of 1946.

Eames chair

The first Eames chair, designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, was produced in 1946, creating a classic for the Herman Miller furniture company.


The Kaufmann House, one of the nation’s most iconic examples of classic mid-century modern architecture was built in Palm Springs, California in 1946 for Edgar Kaufmann, a Pittsburg department store tycoon.


American culture underwent a major transformation in 1946 as families began moving from farms and cities into newly constructed suburbs, resulting in a highway and housing construction boom. Developers such as William Levitt (the developer of Levittown) became symbols of mid-century suburban life as families were lured to the outskirts of cities to purchase modest, inexpensive tract homes.

Mohawk mill

And in 1946, a team of innovative papermakers in Upstate New York redefined quality for an industry with the creation of Mohawk Superfine.

Since then, Superfine has been manufactured with great care and pride at Mohawk’s upstate New York paper mills. Long celebrated for its quality, consistency, uniformity and perfect printing surface, the flagship grade has become known as the finest uncoated text and cover paper for offset printing, and as the benchmark in fine paper for digital printing.

Mohawk Chairman and CEO, Tom O’Connor, explains how the distinctive and memorable Superfine name came to be.

Join the celebration of this iconic paper. Post comments, pictures, samples of your work on Superfine to social media using the hashtag #DearSuperfine, and learn more here.


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