It was the hands-on practice of letterpress that originally drew a small group together to form what is now the Chesapeake Chapter. Still to this day many of the most active members are practitioners of the craft. Each of the past four years this group has produced a chapter calendar which we sell to help fund events and to support our student fellows program. It has been a great way to engage new members and also to attract new APHA members from area schools which have access to letterpress.
Support our work and soak up some great dates. Think holiday presents. $25 each. Free mailing. We expect to have some at the upcoming APHA conference, so find Val Lucas, President of the Chesapeake Chapter, and pick up a couple.
You can order online for $25 and free mailing. Pay with PayPal or a major credit card.
APHA’s Chesapeake Chapter is an active group of collectors, letterpress printers, & scholars sponsoring monthly lectures, field trips and other opportunities to connect on an informal basis. Generally made up of members from within 90 miles of Washington, DC, the Chapter enjoys close-by access to a variety of major APHA-related collections, such as the Library of Congress, The Folger Library & the Smithsonian, along with a large number of other museums and libraries with important book and printing history holdings.
The Chapter also has an active group of letterpress printers with a variety of equipment and varied missions, producing a variety of work from ephemera and keepsakes to posters and books. Often one of the printing members will produce a keepsake for those attending the events.
The Chesapeake Chapter Program Committee continues to work on a great year of Chapter programs. On the horizon are talks at the Library of Congress and the Historical Society of DC on early Washington printers, a visit to the Washington Print Club Biennial Show, a talk on artist’s books at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a cooperative event with the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, an afternoon of presentations by our Denker Fellows, and a day in Delaware. Stay tuned for details.
We may eventually get most of our Chapter’s past history transferred to this main APHA site, but in the meantime you can visit the Chesapeake Chapter’s website.
Saturday / Sunday, October 4 / 5, 2014
Oak Knoll Fest XVIII, New Castle, Delaware
Craftsman to Collector: Selling and Buying the Fine Press Book
Printers, librarians, booksellers, collectors, and bibliophiles will view exhibitors including over 40 printers from North America and Europe. Our own Lead Graffiti will have a table and showing their new 2014 Tour de Lead Graffiti project and announcing a new book series.
Oak Knoll Books & Press, 310 Delaware Street
Symposium and Speakers, Immanuel Parish Hall, 100 Harmony Street
Fest Exhibition Hall, New Castle Senior Center, 400 South Street
For more information and the full schedule.
Saturday November 1, 2014
APHA Chespeake Chapter Wayzgoose & Annual
Meeting at the home of Chris & Pat Manson &
Crooked Crow Press
508 Mannakee Street
Rockville MD 20850
MOST RECENT EVENT SHOWN BELOW
You can choose links to other past events listed in the sidebar to the right.
Treasures in the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Chesapeake Chapter of APHA, and friends, had the opportunity to look over some of the treasures in the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland in College Park, on Saturday, July 19th.
Doug McElrath, Manager of Special Collections hosted a showing of the W.A. Dwiggins collection, as well as typefounder’s catalogues from the Maurice Annenberg collection. Additionally, there were some Colonial-era types recovered from the Jonas Green house in Annapolis. Green was the official printer for the province of Maryland in the mid-18th century, and a large amount of type has been unearthed during archeological excavations there.
W. A. Dwiggins was a pre-eminent book designer, calligrapher, type designer, illustrator and commercial artist in the first half of the 20th century, and was responsible for a marked improvement in American book design through the 1920’s and 1930’s. He is also credited with coining the term “graphic designer” in 1922.
Maurice Annenberg was a commercial printer, among other things, and a scholar of printing history; he was, in fact, a founding member of The American Printing History Association. Among his other writings are “Typefoundries of America and Their Catalogues” (1975, recently reprinted) and “A Typographical Journey Through the ‘Inland Printer’ 1883-1900″ (1977).
Being on a summer Saturday morning, we had the entire library to ourselves, and grateful to Doug for allowing us to handle samples of the Colonial-era type found in Annapolis; there are thousands of pieces in their archives. We were also able to examine and read good examples of books from the Dwiggins and Annenberg collections. Doug painted a very helpful story of the impact of the two on the history of American printing.
Left to right: Chris Sweterlitsch, Chris Manson and Doug McElrath, manager of special collections at the University of Maryland Hornbake Library.
Casey Smith, Val Lucas
Chris Sweterlitsch, Chris Manson, Pat Manson, Val Lucas, Hershel Kanter.
Casey Smith, Hershel Kanter, Doug McElrath
Photos by Jim Wilder.