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Call for Nominations for the 2022 APHA Awards

New this year: The APHA Board has asked that nominations made in the previous five years be considered in each year’s selection process. A PDF list of the last five year’s nominees has been attached.

The American Printing History Association (APHA) Board of Trustees and the Awards Committee invite nominations for the 2022 APHA Individual Laureate and Institutional Awards.  [Read more]

ISO: Database of Printing Plate Metals

From the Contact page:

I am wondering if there exists a database of the metallurgical compositions of worldwide printing plates from the 15th century to the 20th? Basically, if anyone has pooled together metallurgical data from known plates from museum collections. [Read more]

RIP: Janusz Tryzno Founder of the Book Art Museum in Łódź, Poland

Janusz and Jadwiga Tryzno with an artist book created from all their bureaucratic correspondence regarding the saving of the Grohman villa in Łodź, home of the Book Art Museum. The book is topped with their “Gloria Artis” medals for “Distinguished Culture.” (Wikipedia)

Janusz Paweł Tryzno of the Book Art Museum in Łódź, Poland, died of cancer on May 28, 2021. Janusz and his wife Jadwiga received the APHA Institutional Award in 2015 for their creation and development of the Book Art Museum in Łódź. There is not yet an English language obituary; however, an article in the leading Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza can be translated by Google. (Information provided by Ann Frenkel and Gwido Zlatkes, Mark Samuels Lasner Fellow, 2011.)

APHA Launches YouTube Channel

The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce its own YouTube channel featuring videos that support its mission and programs. Take a look. We’re just getting started.

Printing History 27/28 On Its Way

The combined Printing History 27/28 will be in member mailboxes soon. It includes an interview with Tia Blassingame, a feature on Sonia Farmer’s Craftsman Press Archive, K. A. Wisniewski on Mary Katharine Goddard, Sarah Werner’s Lieberman Lecture, and much more. 

2021 APHA Virtual Conference Call for Proposals

The American Printing History Association welcomes proposals for Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures An APHA virtual conference, hosted by the Grolier Club, New York, NY. Online (EDT) October 22–23, 2021.

The 2021 APHA Call for Proposals is offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Call for Proposals are due by May 1, 2021 PDF.


Selections from the Stephen O. Saxe Collection

Harold Kyle

“Selections from the Stephen O. Saxe Collection”
A Zoom visit with Amelia Fontanel, Associate Curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Friday, March 19, 2021
6:00pm EDT

Free and open to the public.

The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the world’s premier libraries on graphic communication history and practices. Their growing library holds over 45,000 volumes and over hundreds of archival collections. In 2020, the Cary Collection received a collection of rare books, metal printers’ type, presses and other printing equipment, and printed ephemera such as catalogs, unbound printed leaves, and business correspondence relating to printing history, from the estate of Stephen O. Saxe. Steve was an expert on American type foundries from the 19th century and a founding member of the American Printing History Association. Read more about Steve in this tribute by Amelia Fontanel on APHA’s website.

For this event, Amelia will provide an overview of the Cary Collection, and share a selection of typographic treasures from the Saxe collection. Organized by the New York chapters of the American Printing History Association for APHA members, and open to everyone interested in printing, typography, and special collections.” 

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2021 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

The American Printing History Association Board of Trustees invites you to join the 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 30 at 2pm Eastern. Because of Covid-19, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom this year. The Annual Meeting will have guest talks by the recipients of our APHA Awards:

Registration is now closed. Check back for videos of the talks.

ISO: Multograph?

From the Contact form: 

Are you aware of a printing device called a “multograph”? I know about the multigraph (invented in 1902), but I’ve also seen newspapers from the early 20th century refer to a “multograph.” Is that the same device, perhaps in an alternate or simply incorrect (mis)spelling? [Read more]

APHA’s 2021 Awards Recipients Named

The American Printing History Association has named Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Individual Laureate and Mills College Book Art Program as the recipient of the APHA 2021 Institutional Award. [Read more]