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2020 APHA Calendars: East Coast-West Coast

We are pleased to announce that members of both the Chesapeake and Northern California chapters of APHA have produced beautiful 2020 calendars for sale  via the links above.

Chesapeake Chapter


Northern California Chapter



ISO: the Smell of a Ramage

From the Contact form:

I am writing about the earliest days of the Providence (R.I.) Journal, which at that time—the late 1820s—used a “Ramage printing press.” I’d like to describe in great detail what that must have been like: what it looked like, how it worked, what smells were emitted, what the job assignments might have been for the various employees in a small printing shop. Thanks, Dan Barry


ISO: Upcharging for Italics

From the contact form:

I have heard that back in the 1930s that printers would charge more money when a book required the occasional use of Italic type when needed. I myself do not see logic in that. Do you have any insight?

MikeChase Eaton

2019 APHA Conference Registration Now Open

At the University of Maryland, College Park 
College Park, Maryland | October 25 to 27, 2019

Registration has officially opened for “One Press, Many Hands: Diversity in the History of American Printing.” 

All information regarding the conference including the schedule, registration, and travel details can be found here. Registration can be accessed here

All are welcome; you need not be a current APHA member to attend this year’s conference. Please encourage any friends or colleagues who might be interested to come. The registration fee is $150.

If you’re  interested in joining, please check out our membership information.

We look forward to seeing you all in College Park!                  

ISO: Typewriter Paper, Circa 1937

From the Contact form:

I am working on a play and have a question for a scene set in 1937: a reporter is writing a story in manuscript and hands it to his editor. He’s working on a manual typewriter. But what does the paper look like? Is it 8×11 or legal sized? Is it newsprint or something else? Or did it vary enough from paper to paper that it doesn’t matter? If you can refer me to a source—much appreciated!

D.W. Gregory

ISO: Educational Posters About Printing

From the Contact form:

I am a librarian in the „zentrale Hochschulbibliothek“ in Flensburg, Germany and I am responsible for the textbooks, because we have a lot of students here which are studying teaching.
So I want to beautify my textbook-department with some instructive and interesting posters.  If you can donate any posters with the main theme [being] printing/letterpress please let me know. If you have something like this in poster size for our library it would be so nice. Thank you for your time and best wishes from the most northern part of Germany.

Dennis Hahnefeldt

ISO: John Mott a Printer in New York, mid-1700s

From the Contact form:

I’m related to John Mott a printer in New York (possibly Long Island) during the middle 1700s. His daughter was Amelia Mott who married John Ryan (a printer born in Newport and who set up several newspapers in Atlantic Canada) and Jacob S. Mott (who learned printing from his father). I am looking to learn more about John Mott from New York and was wondering if you could recommend any books covering the history of printing in New York from 1730–1800. 
Carol Cooke

Stephen O. Saxe, A Partner in Printing History, (1930–2019)

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Stephen O. Saxe and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel discussing the frisket of his foolscap Albion iron handpress. White Plains, New York, 2018. Photograph by Richard Kegler.

Stephen O. Saxe, a collector and historian whose canon of writings on printing history set the standard for contemporary practice in the field, died on April 28, 2019 at his home in White Plains, New York. He was 89 years old. He succumbed to complications after a heart attack, confirmed his longtime friend Karen Horton.[1]  [Read more]

ISO: Victorian Punctuation

From the Contact form:

I am looking to find a scholar, book, or any materials on Victorian punctuation—particularly, the use of “critical apparatuses”—I quoted that term because I’m not sure that is what they are called. [Read more]

ISO: 19th century U.S. Ballots

From the Contact form:

I am a graphic designer and teacher based in Brooklyn. I am writing a book on the history of the printed ballot in 19th century america and would be interested in speaking to someone about print production history as it relates to the artifacts. I published a brief article in The New Yorker that has a sample of the ballots. —Alicia Cheng