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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


Early-bird conference registration extended through September 30

Registration for the American Printing History Association’s 2022 conference, “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present,” is now open! [Read more]

ISO: Did Colonial Printers Profit from Slavery?

From the Contact form:

I am working on a book about the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his business partner and friend, James Parker. Among the areas I am exploring are how both had owned slaves. Parker was in New York City in 1741, for example, and may have been around for at least parts of the so-called slave conspiracy. Later, Parker would pay off a debt to Franklin by sending him a slave named George. I have two questions that I was hoping to find answers to here. [Read more]

Printing History Guidelines Revised

APHA’s Publications Committee has revised the submission guidelines and style guide for Printing History. They are now posted here under the “Publications” menu.

New Printing History Guest Editor and Editorial Committee


Please join us in welcoming our new Printing History guest editor, Dr. Daniel Arbino. Daniel is the Head of Collection Development for the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his PhD in Latin American literatures and cultures from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with an emphasis on the orphan trope in twentieth-century Caribbean literatures. [Read more]

Typecasting Adventures

Val Lucas

ISO: How many printers were in Cleveland, ca. 1950

From the contact form:

Hello, I am the sales/marketing director at HKM Direct Market Communications in Cleveland, Ohio, and one of the surviving commercial printers in our area. We are celebrating our 100th anniversary this year and will be doing parties and a media campaign. I have been digging but no luck trying to find out how many printers were in Cleveland by the decade beginning in 1950 until today. Also would like to have the same stats for the US. Can you help us?
Thank you!


Call for Papers: Making Artistic Noise

47th Annual APHA National Conference
“Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present”
Los Angeles, California, October 13–15, 2022

The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce a call for papers (PDF) for our 2022 annual conference in Los Angeles on October 13–15. We are thrilled about this year’s theme, “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present,” and we hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for an individual presentation, panel, or poster. Proposals are due Tuesday, May 31.