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ISO: Typewriter Paper, Circa 1937

From the Contact form:

I am working on a play and have a question for a scene set in 1937: a reporter is writing a story in manuscript and hands it to his editor. He’s working on a manual typewriter. But what does the paper look like? Is it 8×11 or legal sized? Is it newsprint or something else? Or did it vary enough from paper to paper that it doesn’t matter? If you can refer me to a source—much appreciated!

D.W. Gregory

ISO: Educational Posters About Printing

From the Contact form:

I am a librarian in the „zentrale Hochschulbibliothek“ in Flensburg, Germany and I am responsible for the textbooks, because we have a lot of students here which are studying teaching.
So I want to beautify my textbook-department with some instructive and interesting posters.  If you can donate any posters with the main theme [being] printing/letterpress please let me know. If you have something like this in poster size for our library it would be so nice. Thank you for your time and best wishes from the most northern part of Germany.

Dennis Hahnefeldt

ISO: John Mott a Printer in New York, mid-1700s

From the Contact form:

I’m related to John Mott a printer in New York (possibly Long Island) during the middle 1700s. His daughter was Amelia Mott who married John Ryan (a printer born in Newport and who set up several newspapers in Atlantic Canada) and Jacob S. Mott (who learned printing from his father). I am looking to learn more about John Mott from New York and was wondering if you could recommend any books covering the history of printing in New York from 1730–1800. 
Carol Cooke

Stephen O. Saxe, A Partner in Printing History, (1930–2019)

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Stephen O. Saxe and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel discussing the frisket of his foolscap Albion iron handpress. White Plains, New York, 2018. Photograph by Richard Kegler.

Stephen O. Saxe, a collector and historian whose canon of writings on printing history set the standard for contemporary practice in the field, died on April 28, 2019 at his home in White Plains, New York. He was 89 years old. He succumbed to complications after a heart attack, confirmed his longtime friend Karen Horton.[1]  [Read more]

ISO: Victorian Punctuation

From the Contact form:

I am looking to find a scholar, book, or any materials on Victorian punctuation—particularly, the use of “critical apparatuses”—I quoted that term because I’m not sure that is what they are called. [Read more]

ISO: 19th century U.S. Ballots

From the Contact form:

I am a graphic designer and teacher based in Brooklyn. I am writing a book on the history of the printed ballot in 19th century america and would be interested in speaking to someone about print production history as it relates to the artifacts. I published a brief article in The New Yorker that has a sample of the ballots. —Alicia Cheng


ISO: Dickinson & Heartt, Printers, ca. 1805

From the Contact form:

I have a Philadelphia school dictionary from 1805 by Benjamin Johnson and I’m trying to find out more about the printers Dickinson & Heartt. Any information on the printers or this book would be greatly appreciated

RIP: Stephen O. Saxe

Steve Saxe in his pressroom at his home in White Plains, NY June 14, 2014 (Paul Moxon)

We are sad to report that Stephen O. Saxe,  one of the APHA founders, longtime APHA newsletter editor, and printing historian, died April 27. An obituary is forthcoming.

ISO: Studies of Poetry Anthologies Cover Art

From the Contact form:

I am a librarian at Penn State assisting one of our faculty who is searching for studies that analyze book cover art in relation to a writer’s literary production and/or the content of a specific book or anthology. [Read more]

Offset Matrix

From the Contact form:

In the first days of offset printing (1878?), how was the original made from which the copies were produced?

Bryan Kravitz