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Mind Your Thorns & Eths: A Letterpress Travelogue

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Used books adorning a printing press at Bókakjallarinn in Reykjavík. (A. Fontanel)

A winter vacation to Reykjavík, Iceland is a must if you want to trade cold Northern cityscapes for colder, but breathtaking, geothermal hot springs, ancient geysers, and a chance to view the Aurora Borealis. Those attractions were so alluring, but this printing historian was inevitably drawn to used bookshops and thrift stores for the true flavor of this capital city. My busman’s holiday led to a mini-tour of the letterpress establishments in town.  [Read more]

Jerry Kelly, the 28th RIT Goudy Award Winner

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Jerry Kelly addressing the audience at RIT and showing a photo of an Instructional chalkboard lettered at RIT by Hermann Zapf ca. 1979, using Jerry Kelly's name as an example.

Jerry Kelly addresses the audience at RIT, showing a photo of Hermann Zapf teaching at RIT ca. 1979. (Emily Hancock)

The Frederic W. Goudy Award for Excellence in Typography was presented to Jerry Kelly on October 24, 2015 as the closing event of the APHA conference at RIT. The Goudy Award is a tradition that is co-sponsored by the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the RIT School of Media Sciences that honors outstanding practitioners in type design and its related fields. The first Goudy laureate in 1969 was Professor Hermann Zapf, (1918–2015), who later taught at RIT in the 1970s and 80s. It was fitting that the latest Goudy Award should go to one of Zapf’s most successful students, Jerry Kelly, a leading calligrapher, book designer, type designer, and typographer who practices out of New York City. [Read more]

Wells College Lecture to Feature APHA Fellow

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Specimens of Holly Wood Type, Borders, Reglet and Furniture, Manufactured by Hamilton & Katz, TWO RIVERS, WIS.

Specimens of Holly Wood Type, Borders, Reglet and Furniture, Manufactured by Hamilton & Katz, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, ca. 1884. Courtesy of the RIT Cary Collection.

The 40th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Lecture at the Wells College Book Arts Center will coincide this October with the 40th Annual American Printing History Association conference. Professor David Shields will deliver his talk “Muster Hundreds! Towards a People’s History of American Wood Type,” at 5:30 p.m. on October 21, at the Wells Stratton Hall Auditorium in Aurora-on-Cayuga, New York. This is one day before the APHA Printing on the Handpress & Beyond activities begin at RIT in Rochester, New York. Why not come a day early to enjoy both! [Read more]

2015 Conference Speakers Announced

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

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The speaker roster for “Printing on the Hand Press & Beyond,” is now confirmed. APHA’s Fortieth Annual Conference will be held at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York from October 22 to 24, 2015. Pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, October 22. A vendor fair and the keynote address will kick off the full conference on Friday, October 23. Saturday will bring several tracks of presentations which draw from the expertise of an international group of printers, educators, designers, and historians. Registration information will be forthcoming soon!

2015 APHA Conference Update

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

The APHA conference program committee is pleased to announce that writer and journalist Alix Christie will be the keynote speaker at the American Printing History Association’s 40th annual conference: “Printing on the Hand Press & Beyond” to be held at RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester NY, October 23–24.  [Read more]

Call for Proposals 2015

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

The American Printing History Association welcomes proposals for its 40th annual conference: “Printing on the Hand Press & Beyond” to be held at RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester, NY, October 23–24, 2015. Proposals are due by March 15, 2015. PDF [Read more]

Nineteenth-Century Paper I: Paper Objects

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

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Bank of England Five Pound Note, January 1, 1855. (Richard Kelly)

Session I, Panel 2. “The Anatomy of a Banknote: 1855 Innovations in Design, Papermaking, and Printing,” presented by Richard Kelly and “Calendered Paper, Electrotyping, Hard-Packing and Late Nineteenth-Century “Fancy Type Faces,” presented by Michael Knies. [Read more]

Founding Member to Deliver Lieberman Lecture

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Working layouts for a celebratory broadside for J. Ben Lieberman, designed by Herbert Johnson and printed by Pat Taylor, 1978. Gift of Herbert Johnson to RIT Cary Collection, 2014.

Working layouts for a celebratory broadside for J. Ben Lieberman, designed by Herbert Johnson and printed by Pat Taylor, 1978. Gift of H. Johnson to RIT Cary Collection, 2014.

 

American Printing History Association presents

The Lieberman Lecture

Anatomy of a Type Design: Centaur by Bruce Rogers*

By Herbert H. Johnson
*And a Footnote on Its Erstwhile Companion, Arrighi by Frederic Warde
Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester, New York [Read more]

Navigating Print Identification with Graphics Atlas

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

A postcard showing chromolithograph color overlaid with a letterpress halftone under varying magnification, as shown in Graphics Atlas.

A postcard showing chromolithograph color overlaid with a letterpress halftone under varying magnification, as shown in Graphics Atlas.

Admit it: you are among the special set of people, like me, who carry around a loupe to examine dot structure on demand. If so, the Graphics Atlas will become your new favorite web haunt for educational reading and pure delight. [Read more]

An Update on RIT’s Newest (and Heaviest) Acquisition

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

This fragment was discovered after removing the old packing on the tympan of the Kelmscot/Goudy Albion Press.

This fragment was discovered after removing the old packing on the tympan of the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion Press.

The Kelmscott/Goudy Albion press arrived at RIT on January 13, 2014. It had been expertly packed and carefully shipped 300 miles from Manhattan to Rochester, making what would hopefully be its last long-distance journey. The press has received a warm welcome at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, with classes, friends, and reporters visiting to catch a glimpse of the famous machine, even while still disassembled. [Read more]