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Imprenta Enlace: A Live Tradition of Mexican Letterpress

Belinda Ugalde Mellado

This article is based on the author’s 2021 APHA conference presentation.

Figure 1. Lucha Libre poster. (All photos by Manuel Manero.)

In an era defined by digital media, it is extraordinary to find letterpress print shops in Mexico that have managed to endure and preserve the typographic arts without the support of cultural institutions. Such is the case of Imprenta Enlace, a print shop in the city of Xalapa run by the Romero family. For more than 35 years, they have printed typographical posters with a distinctive aesthetic that is part of the visual identity of popular festivals and events in numerous towns in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. It is probably the last shop of its kind in the region and one of the few still operating commercially in the country. [Read more]

2022 APHA President’s Letter

Fernando Pena

December 19, 2022 

Dear APHA member and friend, 

You are cordially invited to our annual meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2 p.m. (EST) to conduct APHA’s business and celebrate excellence in printing history. As in recent years, our 2023 annual meeting will be virtual. [Read more]

2023 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is accepting applications for the 2023 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History. An award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms. [Read more]

ISO: 2022 Conference Documentation

From the Contact form:

Hello, I’m a grad student studying for my MLIS and taking a class called the history of the book. I’m in Boston so was not able to travel to your recent conference. There were several session papers mentioned on your conference website that would be great to read for a research project I’m working on. [Read more]

Call for Papers for Printing History 33

The American Printing History Association invites submissions for the next issue of its peer-reviewed journal Printing History. Seeking to represent the discussions begun at its recent conference in LA, “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present,” this issue will feature articles from conference presenters and panelists. Research and comments from the wider community are welcome. [Read more]

ISO: first school of printing in the U.S.?

From the Contact form:

Can you help me find a reference for the statement that the first school of printing in the U.S. was in New Harmony, Indiana, beginning in 1826. This statement occurs without a reference in an article, “The Old Printing Office in New Harmony,” (Indiana Magazine of History, vol, 33, issue 4, Dec. 1937, page 431.) The article can be downloaded from
Thank you. —Clark Kimberling

2022 Lieberman Lecture


Danielle Aubert

“The Power and Promise of a Union: Labor, Printing, and Graphic Design”
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom [Read more]

APHA Awards 2022 – Call for Nominations


Dear APHA members,

The American Printing History Association (APHA) Board of Trustees and the Awards Committee invite nominations for the 2022 APHA Individual Laureate and Institutional Awards! Submit your nomination(s) at our new form now until November 1, 2022.  [Read more]

Census of Bruce Type-Foundry’s 1882 Specimen Book

Paul Shaw

I am making a census of the 1882 specimen book issued by George Bruce’s Son New-York Type-Foundry. Would anyone owning copies please get in touch with me so that I can ask several questions about your copy. Thank you.



ISO: Gamma-Rotary Press

From the Contact form:

I am seeking information with regards to the Gamma-Rotary press, which I believe was used in Germany during WWII. It is a small upright manually operated press that had tactical military value, especially in printing propaganda leaflets. Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Thank you.
Douglas Elwell