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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,

Friday, June 10, 2016, 10am
Society of Cincinnati visit and tour
2118 Massachusetts Avenue

Ellen McCallister Clark, the Library Director of the Society of the Cincinnati, has invited members of APHA Chesapeake to visit the headquarters of the Society, Anderson House. Ms Clark offers us a tour of the library featuring a special presentation of the original drawings, copperplate, and other documentation of the production and printing of the Society of the Cincinnati membership diploma designed by Pierre L’Enfant, showing us also other early printed treasures of the library.

Ms Clark offers to continue with a private tour of the mansion, emphasizing connections with holdings of the library just seen, ending at the current exhibition on view at the Society about the life of Isabel Anderson, who, with her husband, Larz, a dedicated member of the Society, created Anderson House and eventually donated it to the Society of the Cincinnati to become its headquarters and museum. Members are invited to stay for a half-hour talk beginning at 12:30 by the conservator who worked on Isabel Anderson’s spectacularly stylish wedding dress, produced in Paris by the House of Worth, which is on display in the exhibition.

Anderson House is located in northwest Washington at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, within walking distance of the Metro station at Dupont Circle.

Reserving a place is not required, but, because of limitations on some spaces behind the scenes where we will be going, our host would appreciate having a sense of how many are coming. Please email Donald Farren, who is coordinating the visit, know if you plan to attend.

Typically, there is always a group interested in lunch at the end of our day.

 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