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Bookseller Paul Elder and his Grandma Nellie: the Adventures of a regional Publisher and Bookseller in Earthquake Country

Meredith Eliassen

San Francisco had long been an entryway for those seeking opportunities in the West. By the turn of the twentieth century, San Francisco was a center for “bohemian” creativity. Metaphorically, local bookman Paul Elder was an avid gardener when the California Arts and Crafts Movement emerged celebrating the state’s distinctive biome. He spent his adult life fostering a community of printers, artisans, and writers. Though dismissed by some for not having a formal college education, Elder cultivated printing entrepreneurs to engage Western book consumers. Elder recognized fallow ground and went about turning up vernacular themes of the California Arts and Crafts Movement between 1895 and 1930 in California idioms of living the good life. [Read more]

2024 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

You are cordially invited to our annual meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2024, 2 p.m. (EST) to conduct APHA’s business and celebrate excellence in printing history. [Read more]

Nominee bios for APHA Board 2024

The American Printing History Association is pleased to introduce members who have agreed to serve as officers and Trustees on the APHA board. This dynamic group of talented people will grow our organization and keep APHA thriving. We’re excited they are joining us.

The Nominating Committee
E. Haven Hawley, Chair
 Richard Minsky; Robert McCament; James Ascher; and Hosea Baskin

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2024 President’s Letter

J. Fernando Pena

Dear APHA member and friend,

You are cordially invited to our annual meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 2 p.m. (EST) to conduct APHA’s business and celebrate excellence in printing history. For the first time since the pandemic, our 2024 annual meeting will take place in-person in New York City, at the end of “Bibliography Week” as had been our custom for decades. We will meet at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan (28 West 27th Street, 3rd  Floor), which like APHA will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2024. We are very excited about this collaboration with the CBA! [Read more]

Accepting Applications for the 2024 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

APHA is accepting applications for the 2024 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History. This award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms. [Read more]

2024 APHA Award Winners

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More Zephyrus Images

Alastair Johnston

Printing History 33 ran the article “Subversive Letterpress: The Art of Zephyrus Image” by Alastair Johnston. That brief overview, based on his bibliography, showed only four images. Shortly after publication, I saw some framed Zephyrus Image prints owned by Daniel Gardiner Morris of The Arm Letterpress, who shared the digital files below and for which Mr. Johnston supplied captions. —Editor  [Read more]

Reading Rogers

Andrew Hoyem

The Pleasures of A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick [Laurence Sterne], Houghton Mifflin and Company, Boston and New York, 1905. [Read more]

Archiving as a Tool for Rural Jobbing Printers in Late 1800s Great Britain Through the Lens of the C. Armstrong/E. Pruddah Collection

Andrew Byrom

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2023 Conference Registration is Closed

 

Registration for APHA’s 48th annual conference  “The Printed Weird: Book History from the Margins” is now closed. Please see the program page.