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A visit with Bill Reiss at Quaker City Type, Honey Brook, PA, May 4, 2016.
Left to right: Chris Manson, Rich Hopkins, Stan Nelson, & Bill Reiss.


Call for 2016 Program Ideas

We are looking for ideas for events, speakers, discussion groups, and tours that the Chesapeake Chapter can organize and sponsor during 2016. Propose something you would like to experience. It doesn’t need to be specific. Just give us an idea we can see about making happen. If you have any ideas you would like to pursue or suggest please send them to the Chapter email address,

Frank Romano, author, professor, and noted printing industry pundit
“History of the Linotype Company”
Afternoon of Thursday, August 18
U. S. Government Publishing Office
732 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Frank Romano, author, professor, and noted printing industry pundit, will speak about his recent book History of the Linotype Company on the afternoon (more exact details of time will come in the near future) of Thursday, August 18th, at the U. S. Government Publishing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC.

At 480 pages History of the Linotype Company is considered by some as the most complete Linotype history available. This book details the products, the people, and the corporate activities that kept the company ahead of its competition in hot metal, phototypesetting, and pre-press technology.

In a career spanning over 40 years Frank Romano has worked for industry equipment manufacturers, authored over 44 books on the printing industry, founded eight industry publications,  and written for numerous other publications, reporting on, and charting the evolution of, the printing and publishing industries.  He has consulted for major corporations and government. He wrote the first report on on-demand digital printing in 1980 and ran the first conference on the subject in 1985. He is on the executive committee of The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

This will be a special opportunity to benefit from Frank Romano’s extensive expertise and always entertaining delivery.

After the presentation we will gather nearby for happy hour.

Reserving a place is not required, but in order to anticipate how many will be attending, and to facilitate entry into the Government Publishing Office, please email Chris Sweterlitsch if you plan to attend.

Field Trip to Charlottesville, Virginia
Saturday, September 18

Charlottesville has been called a book town for several decades. Starting with the presence of a large number of used and antiquarian book sellers and a dynamic university with a leading American library, the city’s book presence really began to be felt in the nineties with the creation and rapid growth of the Virginia Festival of the Book. During that decade Columbia’s Rare Book School (RBS) created by MacArthur Genius award-winner Terry Belanger relocated to the University of Virginia and the dynamic Virginia Arts of the Book Center was opened. Today these energetic institutions attract thousands of book lovers and scholars of bibliography each year.

Join Chesapeake Chapter members for a visit to Charlottesville and a tour of these unique programs on Saturday, September 10th. We will gather in the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library in the large entry hall (formerly home to its mammoth card catalog) at 10:45. At 11:00 we will tour the Rare Book School and receive an introduction from its director, Michael Suarez, S.J., editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book. We will enjoy a catered lunch in the RBS dining room the cost of which will be $20 (payable the day of our visit). After lunch, we will visit Special Collections for a look at some precious items from their collection. Then we will conclude with a visit to the Virginia Arts of the Book Center to view some of the fabulous artist’s books produced here. Members may then return to the University, if they like, to view the special exhibition on Shakespeare’s First Chesapeake Chapter, American Printing History  Association August 2016 Folio. It will be a busy and exciting day flled with books and the study of their production.

Space is limited to 24, so please RSVP to Chris Sweterlitsch as soon as possible. Also Chris will be facilitating car pooling, so if you need or can provide a ride, inform him of such when you RSVP.

  Oak Knoll Fest XIX / website
New Castle, Delaware
September 30 – October 2

To kick things off on Friday, we will have an educational symposium, free of charge and open to librarians, private press printers, and any other interested parties. Led by panelists from a variety of backgrounds, the symposium will be part presentation and part discussion.

This year’s theme is “The Texts of Private Press Books – Should it Come from the Past or the Present?,” and will focus on the study of how and why a Press chooses a Text.

Speakers will include Mark Dimunation of the Rare Book & Special Collections of the Library of Congress, Ron Patkus, head of Special Collections at Vassar, and a speech by a press from the Fine Book Association (TBD).

The symposium is free, but limited to 75 attendees. Registration is now open. Email to be added to the list. Any requests after the initial 75 will be added to the wait list and considered for inclusion.

Immanuel Parish Hall

 Schedule on Friday 9/30

1 – 2 / Discussion of the role of illustration, copyright, physica size of book / Ray Nichols, Carolee Campbell, and Robert McCamant

2:15 – 3 / Library / Panel composed of Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress; Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections at Vassar College; and Tim Murray, Head of Special Collections at the University of Delaware

3 – 3:45 / Private / Panel composed of Mark Samuels Lasner, Jean Francois Villain, and Mark Batty

3:45 – 4 / Comments, questions, etc.

 Schedule on Saturday 10/1

9:30am / Mark Dimunation Presents

10:30 am: A press from the Fine Press Book Association presents

12:30 – 5:30 / Fine press exhibition & sale

 Sunday 10/2

10 am: Ron Patkus presents

12:30 – 3:30 / Fine press exhibition & sale

 A social evening with Pyramid Atlantic / website
Thursday, October 6, 2016
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, Maryland

Pyramid Atlantic will be hosting an evening gathering of five DC area print and book-related groups at their new location in Hyattsville on October 6th. The groups include APHA Chesapeake Chapter, GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Washington Rare Book Group.

Iron handpress for sale
by Greg Robison

Greg Robison, a member of the APHA / Chesapeake Chapter is interested in selling his iron handpress

Press details:
A.B. Taylor iron hand press
Platen: 19″ x 25″
Bed: 22.5″ x 29.75″

Asking price: $5,000 FOB Bethesda (i.e., I will help you load it into your truck or onto your trailer)

Includes a Chase (ID): 19.5″ x 23.5″, tympan, frisket & all operational parts.

The press was manufactured in NYC before 1865 (when company is known to have moved to Chicago and castings changed to “A.B. Taylor & Son”).  A.B. Taylors are relatively rare.  History of press is documented from mid-1880s, when it was owned by I.P. Kieffer and used to published an 8pp German-language Democratic weekly in Remson, Iowa (“Die Glocke”) for the Luxembourger community there.

Greg is principally interested in selling the press but will include in the price other accoutrements as may be necessary to complement destination shop (quoins, furniture & rack, imposing stone on small cabinet, a same-period 16 in. Challenge paper cutter, samples of printing from the press, some printable curiosities, etc.). Photos of most of the major additional pieces are available on request.

Greg can be contacted directly about this equipment at