Caleb Arnold Wall, who recounted this story in his Reminiscences of Worcester, states,
"This was the first printing done in any inland town in New England." Thomas printed for the provincial Congress until a press was established in Watertown.
Across Worcester County, people began newspapers and did job printing. Some newspapers, like the Barre Gazette, continue to the present day, but many lasted a few years, then were replaced by other papers.
Some of the early printers gained experience outside Worcester, then established businesses in the city. Charles Hamilton (1828-1896) was a Worcester printer for fifty years, having learned the printing trade at the Barre Gazette. Like Isaiah Thomas, who was apprenticed to a Boston printer at the age of six, Hamilton must have begun work as a child, since he came to Worcester in 1844.
John Garfield founded The Sentinel in Fitchburg as a weekly paper in 1838. His Washington Press is now at the Fitchburg Historical Society.
Through the 1800s, many small companies did job printing in Worcester and Worcester County. Some, like the G. & C. Merriam Company which began in West Brookfield in 1797 as E. Merriam and Company and is now in Springfield, expanded and continue today.
Some companies, like Woodbury, had established a niche, in Woodbury's case a reputation for quality engraving. As times changed, fewer customers were willing to pay premium prices for engraved stationery. Woodbury focused on other specialized areas, including commemorative first day issues.
Colonial Press, in Clinton, was a major national printing company in the 1950s and 1960s, but in the 1970s it was sold, and the changes that followed led to its closing in the 1970s. Other printing companies have merged, such as Mercantile, which became Mercantile-Image Press.