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Joseph H. Hennage, printer, antiques collector

By — Adam Bernstein,

Joseph H. Hennage, who owned and operated a Washington area printing business and was a prominent collector of American antiques, died Dec. 29 at a care facility near his home in Williamsburg. He had Alzheimer’s disease and died three days before his 90th birthday.

Mr. Hennage, a native Washingtonian, developed an interest in printing in grade school and during World War II worked in printing for the Navy.

In 1945, he started Hennage Creative Printers. The business was long based in the District until moving to Alexandria in the early 1980s. He closed it in 2003.

Long a collector of early American fine and decorative art, Mr. Hennage was a major donor of money and objects to the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. He was a longtime member and past chairman of the reception rooms’ fine arts committee.

He also lent his art to the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court, and he was a member of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He donated much of his American furniture and decorative arts collection to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In 1988, he moved to Williamsburg from Chevy Chase.

Joseph Howard Hennage was a past president of the Master Printers of America and past chairman of the Printing Industries of America, trade organizations.

He was director of graphic arts for Mutual Insurance and a director of the Washington Board of Trade.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, June Stedman Hennage of Williamsburg.

— Adam Bernstein

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