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A closeup of sandcasting type at the Inaugural Meeting of the International Association of
Printing Museums, held from August 31st to September 5th in Cheongju, Korea.
Photo by Stan Nelson | see story


Chespeake Chapter Wayzgoose
and annual business meeting
Saturday, October 29, 2016

This Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the home and studio of Patricia and Christopher Manson, 508 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD.

Chapter members, associates, friends, students, and any other interested parties, are reminded that the Chesapeake Chapter’s Annual meeting will take place this Saturday October 29th. Coffee and doughnuts will be available in the morning, followed by a pot-luck lunch. If you would like to bring something, side dishes, salads and desserts are always welcome, but there are no requirements for admission, the most important thing by far being your presence.

We have been assured by our host, Chris Manson, that “a fairly splendid broadside,” which meets the high standards of our “cultivated, discerning and particular membership,” will be printed letterpress by each attendee in the studio to take home as a souvenir of the day, in keeping with our tradition. Last year’s souvenir was a facsimile page of the 36-line Gutenberg Bible, printed from actual facsimile type, and you can’t get much more “printing history” than that.

You are encouraged to bring examples of any work you are doing, any samples, handouts, informational brochures, interesting books, etc. for display. We hope to have a newly-designed table-top wooden press for letterpress available for inspection and possible trial printing as well.

We always have a good crowd of friendly and interesting people, lots of conversation, good food, a short business meeting fitted in somewhere, and generally a very pleasant day.

The Manson’s home phone, in case you need it, is: (301) 294-1376, and while the house-numbering system on Mannakee Street doesn’t always make sense, just remember that there is a speed-bump in the street right in front of the house, and plenty of on-street parking.

Your presence will support our Chapter and make the day a happier one for all.

This includes an annual meeting, potluck refreshments, and an opportunity for members to show items they have produced and/or acquired.

2016 Denker Fellows Presentations
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The 2016 Denker Fellows symposium will be
held on Thursday, November 17th, in the
Rosenwald Room (LJ205) of the Library of

The Denker Fellowship Program was established as a memorial to former Chesapeake Chapter president Mike Denker.


Fellows do a presentation on a topic of their choosing having to do with printing or the book arts. The presentations are much anticipated with an impressive range of interesting topics being presented in the past.

Denker Fellows are offered a 1-year membership for their involvement.

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