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“Mark Squared” – Mark Samuels Lasner (right) enjoys a moment of calm with
Mark Dimunation of the Library of Congress at the MSL Collection Symposium. See the story here



Casey Smith, “Ibbett Did It: Piquerism, Poetry,
and Letterpress Printing”
Saturday, June 24th, 2:00 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Club
3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore

This is a joint meeting of the Chesapeake Chapter of APHA and the Baltimore Bibliophiles.

Casey Smith, former Chesapeake Chapter Vice President, will give a talk previously presented at the 2016 APHA Conference at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, and postulates a connection between W. J. Ibbett and Jack the Ripper. The meeting will take place in the North Lounge of the Johns Hopkins Club, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore.

Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.

Paul Shaw Urban Lettering Walk
Sunday, October 15th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are especially pleased to announce that noted designer, design scholar, and educator Paul Shaw will lead an “urban lettering walk” of Baltimore environs.

Mr. Shaw has led numerous walks in the past and, as his web site states, they “[seek] out beautiful, odd and intriguing examples of lettering in the streetscapes of a single city.” The tours embrace a wide range of lettering in terms of style, technique and materials: inscriptions carved or cast in stone, painted “ghost” signs on brick walls, decaying neon signs, graffiti and more.

Additional information will be passed along as it becomes available.

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