APHA’s Northern California Chapter sponsors lectures, field trips, and other opportunities to meet fellow members on an informal basis.
View photos of past events on our APHA NorCal Flickr site.
CELEBRATING THE VOLTMERS!
Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 7 p.m.
APHA NorCal joined forces with a whole fleet of other Bay Area organizations, listed below, to celebrate the contributions of APHA members Fred and Barbara Voltmer whose handpresses were refurbished or repaired by the Voltmers. Organizations include: Arion Press, American Bookbinders Museum, Book Club of California, Bridwell, Havilah Press, Jonathan Finegold, Mills College, Noble Impressions, Philoxenia, SF Center for the Book, SFPL Main, Rare Books Room, University of San Francisco, and Vallejo/McCuen.
Click the link to read APHA NorCal Secretary Lisa Dunseth’s excellent SFPL blog post about the event, and click this link to view APHA NorCal member Peter E. Hanff’s beautiful photos on the APHA NorCal Flickr page!
SFPL BROADSIDE PRINTING
Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m.
APHA NorCal and the SFPL teamed up for the sixth annual Valentine’s Broadside printing! This photo shows APHA NorCal member David Hooper and APHA friend Brian Ferrett warming up the SFPL’s handpress as we geared up for another successful printing day (photo credit: Andrea Grimes, SFPL).
Gary Price, another APHA NorCal member, got the little “Baltimorean” (or is it “Baltimore?” You will have to ask Gary for the detailed explanation!) running as well, helping library patrons print their own Alice in Wonderland keepsake cards.
Many APHA NorCal members were in attendance, including Fred and Barbara Voltmer, Alan Dye, Gary Price, Norman McKnight, Samantha Cairo-Toby, Lisa Dunseth, and Grendl Löfkvist (did I miss anyone? Let me know! There were so many of us, it was hard to keep track!)
Valentine’s broadsides were limited to the first 100 people, and we “sold out!” A great time was had by all. Be sure to join us next year!
PAST EVENTS, and items of interest
Link to more information about this talk by Alastair Johnston here.
A GRAND DAY OUT!
Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
APHA NorCal Invites you to tour two presses in the American Steel Studios on Saturday, September 17, at 11 a.m.
We will visit the typecasting and print studio of The Prototype Press and Rebecca Peters Press. After a no-host lunch we will visit the Crucible at 2 p.m.
This tour is ticketed (APHA NorCal members FREE (but please register), their friends FREE, students FREE, general public $10).
We hope to see you there!
WALKING TOUR OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH PAUL SHAW
Sunday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Type scholar and lettering obsessive Paul Shaw led us on a special tour of old school San Francisco signage.
This event sold out! Read all about it here. Photos on the NorCal Flickr site here.
Cost was $15 for current APHA NorCal members, $20 for their guests, and $25 for the general public.
2007 FLASHBACK: APHA NORCAL VISITS GREENWOOD PRESS
June 27, 2007
APHA NorCal member Norman McKnight dug up some photos from his “vault” to share with us of an APHA NorCal visit to Jack Stauffacher’s Greenwood Press in 2007. Check them out on our flickr site!
sutro library/united irish cultural center library tours
Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 2 to 5 p.m.
APHA NorCal enjoyed a fantastic, exclusive tour of the Sutro and J. Paul Leonard Library collections, followed by a visit to the United Irish Cultural Center library (and, of course, their pub!)
Check our flickr site for photos of the event!
Another member has left us
Memorial services on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m.
We bid farewell to APHA NorCal member and esteemed bibliophile, scholar, and print historian Dr. Henry Snyder.
Dr. Snyder will be greatly missed. For more information about Dr. Snyder’s accomplished life and his upcoming memorial services, click here.
BOOK ARTS BIND-A-THON
Wednesday, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
As part of the College Book Art Association’s new initiative, Book Art Gives Back, Mills College in Oakland is happy to announce a Bay Area Bindathon. Please join Mills students on campus on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 5-8pm, in CPM 106 to bind blank journals that will be used by under-served Bay Area populations such as prison classes, adult literacy programs and youth writing groups.
All experience levels welcome! For more information, go to http://www.collegebookart.org/Community-Service
For directions to Mills, go to http://www.mills.edu/directions
Printers’ fair and wayzgoose
Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 2016 Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose will be Saturday, April 9 at History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., in San Jose, CA.
Visitors can print a poster from wood type on a vintage hand-cranked press, or handset and print their name with metal type. Twenty-nine exhibitors will be offering letterpress printed goods, book arts, paper, ink, wood and metal type, and printing equipment and supplies.
For more information about the fair see: https://printersguild.wordpress.com
BODONI: The face behind the face with valerie lester
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 6–8 p.m.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Type@CooperWest, and will be held in the SFPL’s Koret Auditorium.
Valerie Lester is the author of the first English language biography of Giambattista Bodoni, the late 18th century Italian typographer, type-designer, compositor, printer, and publisher. Lester’s is an impressive feat of scholarship, both in her writing and research, and in the fact that she has made a book as lively and readable as it is impeccably researched. It contains some rarely-seen images of Bodoni’s work and is also beautifully designed and printed.
She delves deeply into Bodoni’s life, work, and milieu by providing the context of the time and place in which he lived. She introduces the people who deeply influenced him: his father in Saluzzo; Cardinal Spinelli in Rome; Fournier; his employers the Duke and Duchess of Parma; Guillaume du Tillot (the Prime Minister of Parma); the Amoretti family of printers; the Didots; his talented wife Margherita Dall’Aglio; and his two great patrons Nicolás de Azara and Joachim Murat (Napoleon’s brother-in-law).
Besides Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World (2014), Lester has authored Phiz, the Man Who Drew Dickens (2004); a biography of her great-great-grandfather, Hablot Knight Browne (Dickens’s principal illustrator); and Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin (1995.)
The talk will be accompanied by a pop-up exhibit of Bodoni’s work and his typeface in action.
APHA NorCal will offer celebratory refreshments after the lecture.
INformal mixer with master printer peter fraterdeus
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7 p.m.
APHA NorCal is having an informal mixer with Master Printer Peter Fraterdeus, who is in town to teach an advanced Windmill workshop.
This event is tomorrow evening (Tuesday, February 2) starting at 7 p.m. at Yield wine bar (2490 3rd Street) in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Come on by and have a glass of wine with a bunch of printers (and their fans)!
Another printer has left us
Posted Monday, November 9, 2015
Yet another passing to report, this time brother Allen Stump, who died last week.
Allen started as a boy printer in Los Angeles, riding his bike to LA Type. He established his first commercial letterpress shop in Venice, later another shop in Vancouver, and then his final shop, A Mano Press, in Hayward. He gathered an amazing amount of type and equipment there.
Friends are planning an informal memorial gathering Wednesday November the 18th from 6 – 8 p.m. at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina (between 4th and 5th, Howard and Folsom). Street parking may be available but you can also park in the 5th and Mission garage. <http://www.bookbindersmuseum.org/>
–Eric Holub, SF
ANNUAL MEETING at Mills College Olin library
Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 3–5 p.m.
This special Annual Membership Meeting at the Mills College Olin Library, included (among other things):
• A pop-up exhibition of handpress printing, curated by Janice Braun, including a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, a leaf from the Kelmscott Chaucer, a book printed by Frederic and Bertha Goudy on a handpress once owned by William Morris, and contemporary handpress books from Electio Editions and Havilah Press
• Reports from participants attending the annual national APHA conference
• Gala reception courtesy of the Mills College Center for Book Art!
Many thanks to Janice Braun, Kathy Walkup, and the Mills College Center for the Book for the wonderful hospitality! This certainly has been a memorable “Year of the Handpress” for APHA NorCal members and friends!
OPEN HOUSE AT THE LETTERFORM ARCHIVE
Saturday, September 12, from 1–4 p.m.
Photos of the Letterform Archive tour are up! Check our Flickr site to see more of our “staff photographer” Maria Ayala’s beautiful work.
We hope you enjoyed our special APHA NorCal Open House at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco on Saturday, September 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. This was a great opportunity to socialize with other APHA NorCal members while getting an introduction to the collections and staff at the Letterform Archive.
The Letterform Archive, located at 1001 Mariposa, #307, on Potrero Hill, is a nonprofit institution that serves students, practitioners, and admirers of the lettering arts—typography, calligraphy, graphic design, the history of written communication, printing history, and related fields. Through their impressive collection of 25,000+ physical and digital artifacts, including books, periodicals, posters, artist books, typefoundry ephemera, etc., the Letterform Archive is a venue for inspiration, education, research, and community formation.
PHOTOS OF HORWINSKI AND OMNI TOURS ARE UP!
July 6, 2015
Go to APHA NorCal’s new Flickr page to see images from our June outing to Oakland print shops Horwinski Printing and Omni’s Material Print Machine! These great photos were taken by APHA NorCal member Maria Ayala. If you missed the event, don’t despair, you can now take a virtual tour thanks to Maria’s beautiful pictures of both print shops.
Of interest to APHA NorCal members
For a brief excursion into the world of wood type specimens at the San Francisco Main Library, check out the library’s latest blog entry. NorCal President Grendl Löfkvist worked with NorCal VP Lisa Dunseth to review and comment on the Grabhorn Collection of Printing History and its extensive and exquisite collection of wood type specimen sheets. Read all about it!
And if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by the SFPL Main Branch, 6th floor, and check the Grabhorn collection out for yourself.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A DAY OF OAKLAND PRINTING
APHA NorCal went on an extended tour of Oakland print shops, from old-school Horwinski Printing to the Omni Collective’s Material Print Machine, with a lunch stop in between! The site visits were incredible, and lunch at the local taquería was delicious!
Read a brief review of the outing by APHA NorCal VP Lisa Dunseth here.
The postal invitation was designed and printed by the crew at MPM.
We heard back from them regarding our query as to how we could help out. They responded with this wish list of printing and bookbinding accessories.
If any APHA members would like to contribute to MPM, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPM WISH LIST
Of interest to APHA NorCal Members:
Sad news from long-time APHA NorCal Member Eric Holub:
“We lost two dedicated printers in the last week. First, the legendary Graham Mackintosh, known and respected for his own work at White Rabbit Press, and as printer for Black Sparrow Press.
A few days later Bruce Washbish of Anchor & Acorn Press passed away following a stroke. Bruce’s father Bob Washbish was co-owner of Taylor & Taylor at one time, and if you go to the California Historical Society Kemble Library, there is a scale model of the Taylor & Taylor press-room that Bruce made as a teenager.
He was also the last printer to do the Book Club of California Quarterly News-Letter by hot metal composition. They were both remarkable men who did things their own way.”
Ongoing through December 12, 2015
History San José and the San José Printers’ Guild present the exhibition Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley, opening April 2015 and running through December 12, 2015. For more information go to http://historysanjose.org/wp/events/slugs-dingbats-tramp-printers-printing-in-santa-clara-valley/
March 4, 2015, at 6 p.m.
For those that missed last November’s tour of the Grabhorn with Alastair Johnston, don’t despair: this Wednesday, March 4, he will repeat the performance (with the caveat that he is giving a slideshow, as opposed to the private tour APHA NorCal members got in November!)
He will present the illustrated talk at the SFPL’s Koret Auditorium. For more information on this event, go to SFPL.
Of interest to APHA NorCal Members:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
M&H Type celebrate 100th anniversary
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of both the PPIE and M&H Typefounders on Saturday, February 28, at M&H/Arion Press in the San Francisco Presidio. The day will feature tours and demos of the 100 year old Monotype machines from 12 – 5, and printing of a commemorative broadside. Go to M&H Type for more information.
Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m.
CELEBRATING LETTERPRESS, VALENTINES, & THE PPIE
APHA NorCal teams up with the SFPL to help you last-minute lovebirds out on Valentine’s Day:
APHA NorCal is proud to co-sponsor the 4th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing Event at San Francisco’s Main Library. Join us on the 6th Floor as we print a broadside that celebrates both Valentine’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition! All are welcome, but broadsides are limited to the first 100 people. For more information, go to www.sfpl.org.
Saturday, January 31, from noon to 2 p.m.
FREE Members Only CCSF press tour with Bob Pinetti!
Please join us on this very special tour of SF City College’s historical, beautiful, and functional letterpress shop. Master printer Bob Pinetti (92 years young!) will recount the provenance of presses and type, giving us a salty taste of local printing history.
Members who have renewed for 2015 can expect an email invitation shortly. Don’t miss out — renew now!
Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
FREE Members Only SFPL Grabhorn Tour with Alastair Johnston!
This Members Only Sunday Salon was a great success. Alastair Johnston gave a spirited tour of the Grabhorn Collection to a full house. For a list of works viewed, click here.
Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
APHA NorCal General Membership Meeting
The Annual Meeting was well attended, and we welcome Lisa Dunseth of SFPL Special Collections as our new APHA NorCal VP, with Grendl Löfkvist continuing as President, Gary Price continuing as Secretary, and Chris Kox continuing as Treasurer.
We also welcome two new Board Members, David Faulds of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, and Rob Saunders of the Letterform Archive. Congratulations all!
Minutes from the meeting, taken by new VP Lisa Dunseth, can be found here, and the next APHA NorCal Board Meeting will be January 28, 2015, held at the San Francisco Center for the Book, at 6 p.m
TO BE RESCHEDULED…
This event will be rescheduled for SPRING 2015, as many who expressed interest were unable to make it on the original date. Apologies to those who signed up, and we will post the new date shortly.
Join us at the home and workshop of APHA NorCal Board Member Tom Goglio for a step-by-step tour of the lithographic process… and we mean old school, like commercial lithography was done in the 1800s!
A gourmet lunch is included, following the print demo.
This is a very special tour for NorCal Members Only — it’s time to renew, or join! Email us for more details (location, etc.) if you are eligible to attend.
Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
PRINTERS’ FAIR AND WAYZGOOSE!
Come one, come all, to the San José History Park for the all-day Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose! Enjoy the company of fellow printers and history buffs while perusing the wares of numerous vendors. And visit the APHA NorCal’s table for keepsakes and updates on Members Only events!
Check the San José Printers’ Guild website for more information: http://printersguild.wordpress.com/
Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.
RED ALL OVER:
An illustrated talk with Lincoln Cushing on Bay Area radical printing history
Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA
APHA NorCal is sponsoring an illustrated talk at the SFPL’s Koret Auditorium on Thursday, April 3, from 6–8 p.m. with Lincoln Cushing. Cushing is a well-known print historian and poster archivist, and he will be speaking on Bay Area political and countercultural print shops from the 1960s to the present.
This event is FREE and open to the public. We invite all current and future APHA NorCal members to attend!
Click here to view the official SFPL e-card.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE — Printed by a woman
Click here to read this article by Mindy Belloff published in the 2010–11 Guild of Bookworkers’ Journal! Thanks to San Francisco Public Library’s Lisa Dunseth, also an APHA NorCal Board member, for the link.
Saturday March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 2014
2014 San Francisco History Expo
The Old Mint
88 Fifth St. at Mission, San Francisco, CA
Link to the SFPL’s blog about the event here. We had a great time!
Come visit APHA NorCal at the SF History Expo this year, along with over fifty other fascinating and funky exhibitors. We will feature printing on a tabletop press, show a litho stone, distribute cool printing samples, and provide information about early printing in the SF Bay Area. Come on down!
February 1, 2014, 2–4 p.m.
Valentine’s Day broadside printing!
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 6th Floor
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA
Guarantee yourself success this Valentine’s Day with a gorgeous broadside printed on the SFPL’s historic 1909 Albion handpress, and help the Library celebrate 50 years of Special Collections in collaboration with Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía and artist Sal García. APHA NorCal is co-sponsoring this event — come meet your fellow APHA NorCal members and print yourself a beautiful commemorative broadside (limited to the first 100 people!)
January 4, 2014
W.A. Dwiggins Lecture: Black and White Smith
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA
Start off the New Year with a fascinating slide lecture by Rob Saunders, curator of the Letterform Archive, on William Addison Dwiggins and his work. APHA NorCal will have a table at the event, advertising our upcoming activities, recruiting new members, and handing out keepsakes. Come on by!
http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1015025601 for more information.
June 12, 2004
Picnic and Field trip to M & H Typefoundry
M & H Type, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California
The next meeting will be our annual picnic, proceeded by a behind-the-scenes tour of M&H Type, the venerable type foundry located in the historic Presidio district of San Francisco. Our host will be Andrew Hoyem, whose Arion Press is housed with M&H and its non-profit arm, the Grabhorn Institute. The tour and pot-luck picnic will begin at 11am on Saturday, June 11. FREE to APHA-NorCal members $10 for non-members (so why not join at the tour?)
September 6, 2003
APHA goes “Monotype”
Patrick & Maxine Reagh invite APHA members and their guests to an afternoon of barbeque & Monotype at their rur-burb acres, 96 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol. Both the grill and the Monotype caster (one of four from the Plantin Press) will be fired up. Bring food to share and something for the grill.
Mr. Reagh will publish The Bibliography of The Plantin Press next spring, letterpress from English Monotype, in Bembo and Fairbank Italic (Narrow Bembo), the house style of Saul & Lillian Marks. See the proofs of this important book that very day. Othmar Peters, monotypist extraordinaire & former proprietor of Mackenzie & Harris, will be at the keyboard.
December 7, 2002
Be of Good Cheer was the theme of APHA NorCal’s annual meeting, which was held in the elegant surroundings of Barbara and Fred Voltmer’s Havilah Press in Emeryville on Saturday, December 7th. Our first order of business was to install our chapter’s new officers: John McBride, president; Linnea Lundquist, vice president; Greg Graalfs, secretary; Chris Kox, treasurer. A discussion of our chapter’s goals for new membership yielded the hope that APHA would continue to include the engaged amateur or hobbyist among its core constituency. Here in Northern California there is a strong and vital presence of amateur printers, and we very much would like to see that group continue to be important to APHA as it moves forward with its plans for revitalization.
Several members brought work for the group to look at. Members had a chance for fabulous door prizes, which ranged from wood type (the Voltmers) to a book of Civil War photographs (Mills College) to special back issues of Printing History (APHA and Steve Crook). Now we look forward to a year of new activities under the leadership of John McBride and his fellow and sister officers.
Kathy Walkup, Retiring President
September 26, 2002
Reception and Opening: Recent acquisitions from the collection of Gale and Dorothy Herrick
Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco
APHA NorCal joins the Friends of the Gleeson Library at a reception for an exhibition of recent acquisitions from the collection of Gale and Dorothy Herrick.
June 8, 2002
Saturday in the City with Jack Stauffacher
Join us for a visit to the North Baker Research Library at the California Historical Society, followed by an exhibition walk-thru with Jack Stauffacher at his SFMOMA show.
10:30 am North Baker Research Library California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco (near Third). Our hosts at the California Historical Society will introduce us to the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing. We will then be able to view the current exhibition in the CHS gallery, “California in Time.” Admission will be free for APHA NorCal members, although donations to CHS are welcome.
11:30 am Exhibition, CHS museum shop & lunch on your own.
1:00 pm Jack Stauffacher*, “25 Prints,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco. Printer typographer Jack Stauffacher will take us on a walk-through of his exhibition of 25 experimental typographic prints from MOMA’s permanent collection, which are on view in the museum. A group admission rate of $8 ($5 for seniors) will be available when we all enter SFMOMA together (as a group)–cash or check only.
Grateful thanks to Linnea Lundquist for her inspiration and for her arrangements with the California Historical Society.
*Hot off the press! Jack Stauffacher is the American Printing History Association’s 2002 Lieberman Lecturer. He will be in conversation with type designer extraordinaire Matthew Carter on Thursday, October 24, 2002 at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. APHA NorCal plans to be there to cheer our home-town hero. Please join us!
May 11, 2002
Summer Picnic at the Stone Type Foundry Orchards
Share Conviviality & Food with APHA members. Nothing formal, just a good time, though there may be some animated printing & typography chat, discussion about how to graft walnut trees, speculation on the history of printing in the Capay Valley, and/or an exchange of organic cooking recipes and gardening tips. If we’re lucky, we may also get a glimpse of sheep, llamas, and wild turkeys.
Sumner Stone’s Walnut Orchard in the Capay Valley Saturday, May 11. Rendezvous in the orchard at Noon. Expect to relax and stay for 2 or 3 hours. It will be warm! Bring sunscreen & wear light clothing. It’s a potluck picnic so RSVP with the dish you will be bringing to share. Suggestions for things that taste good on a warm day. veggies with dip, salads, chicken, exotic sausages, tofu burgers, fruit tarts, or light cheeses. Sumner will provide a grill and hot coals. APHA will provide plates, forks, drinking vessels and cold drinks (lemonade, white wine, and water).
September 9, 2001
In September APHA NoCal will join other community groups in the Bay Area to help sponsor “ZAPFEST :A Celebration of the life and work of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf.” Members will receive a special VIP tour of the exhibition organized by the Friends of Calligraphy at the San Francisco Public Library. Other events include lectures, receptions, and a conversation at Mills College on Sunday September 9, with Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, Anna Wolf, Georgianna Greenwood and Zapfest organizer Linnea Lundquist. 2pm, Olin Library.
September 15, 2000
Rich Gold on “Further into the Future of Reading”
San Francisco Center for the Book
September 2, 2000
San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation
We will meet at the museum for an informal tour of “The Future of Reading,” an exhibition organized by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. This fascinating exhibition includes Xerox PARC’s research into what reading might be like in the future, including wonders such as the book you can hear as you rub your hand over the pages. The tour will include a stop at the artists’ book studio, a part of the exhibition sponsored by the San Francisco Center for the Book. We will have a no-host lunch after the tour.