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It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the sudden passing of Chesapeake member Erik Delfino over the past weekend. Many of you will remember his gentle manner, his enthusiasm for photography, history and fine print, as expressed through the lovely work that he shared with us, including his most recent edition about Railways and Rail Stations of the New Jersey Transit Raritan line, which was acquired by the Rare Book Division of the Library of Congress, and Peace Through Understanding: The 50th Anniversary of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. Erik had begun work on another book about his experience recovering from a stroke; and with Beth Curren, was in the process of designing a book arts class for people with disabilities.

Erik was retired as Librarian Specialist for Technology Policy Directorate in the Library of Congress, was part of the Art and the Book Program at the Corcoran, a past Vice President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association, a professor in History of the Book at Catholic University, and Director at Large for the DC Chapter of the National Railway Society, and Chairman of its Library Committee, member of Studio Gallery, and a founding member of the Aphasia Tunes choir.

A celebration of Erik Christopher Delfino’s life will take place take place this coming Friday, January 17th, 10:00 a.m., at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.



Lead Graffiti Retrospective
“Printed slowly & patiently via letterpress”
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE
extended through February 7

Public opening is Friday, December 6, from 6 – 9 pm. Ray and Jill will give a short talk starting at 7.

LEAD GRAFFITI’s RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION at the DELAWARE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN includes about 60 of the letterpress posters we printed for our TOUR DE LEAD GRAFFITI project. We covered every stage and rest day during the TOUR DE FRANCE from 2011 – 2015. We decided to have some great fun with the signage for the categories that organize those posters. This sign below defines the space for 10 posters for HIGH MOUNTAIN stages.

⬆The exhibition includes posters, wedding invitations, fine press books, greeting cards, typography, paste paper, certificates, and work from letterpress workshops, including this rest day poster for their Tour de Lead Graffiti project back in 2013.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition is at the DCAD Gallery, 600 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware. The public opening is Friday, December 6, from 6 – 9 pm. We will talk for a bit at 7, and we hope to see a number of you there.

The exhibition runs through Friday, February 7.

We’ve been involved with DCAD through more than a dozen letterpress workshops and other talks / tours to various groups. This semester we’ve been meeting with groups of their first-semester first-year student class, which has been great fun and we hope helpful talking about “What would a good student do? Right here. Right now.”

Chesapeake Chapter Notes

Chesapeake Chapter Notes is emailed monthly to members and friends of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. Contributions are welcome and can be sent to George Barnum, Chapter Secretary.