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Printing History 22 in the Mail

Printing History 22, the second issue produced by the team of Brooke Palmieri, editor; Michael Russem, publication designer; and Katherine Ruffin, Vice-President for Publications, has just been mailed to APHA members. Kim Schwenk is the guest editor of this issue, which is based on the Black Arts and Printer’s Devils theme of the APHA conference held at the Huntington Library in October 2016.  [Read more]

2017 Lieberman Lecturer: Kathleen Walkup

7:30 pm,  Thursday, November 2, the University of Iowa English Philosophy Building (EPB), room 107. Free & open to the public


Women & the Labor of Print: An American Story

Women printers were a central presence in colonial and early republican America. Between 1639 and 1820 at least 25 women press owners ran businesses, acted as publishers and performed other work, such as postmistress and shopkeeper, that was often a core part of the printer’s role. By 1821, the number of women press owners in the newly formed states had dropped to one. Women didn’t disappear from printing; their collective role, however, changed substantially in the industrializing U.S. This illustrated talk will examine case studies of women and printing in eighteenth and nineteenth century America to explore women’s shift from owner to worker, with a seventeenth-century aside to query just who was America’s first printer.  [Read more]

Johannes Teyler (1648–1709?) and Colour Printed Fabric

Ad Stijnman

This text is a revised and edited version of the chapter “Printing Fabric” in Johannes Teyler and Dutch Colour Prints, Ad Stijnman (comp.), Simon Turner (ed.), IV pts (Ouderkerk aan den IJssel: Sound & Vision, in co-operation with The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 2017), in the series: The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700.

Fig. 1 – Putto Carrying a Basket with a Flower Bouquet on his Head, in profile to the left (NHD (Teyler), no. 36, state II), etching inked à la poupée printed on linen trimmed to fit on a hand fire screen, screen is 26 × 20 cm (max.) (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, BK-NM-3152)

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ISO: Identify Production Presses, Circa 1900

Via the contact form:

I am a visual journalist at the Reading Eagle newspaper. We are working on a project celebrating our 150th anniversary here in Reading, Pennsylvania. These photographs show our pressmen working on two different presses, circa 1900. Each press is a different model. I’ve looked extensively through our archives and online but cannot identify the presses.  I have consulted the books GOSS: Proud of the Past and Koenig & Bauer: 1817-1992: 175 Years because we have a history of using those manufacturers but no luck. Thanks for your help, Craig Schaffer [Read more]

ISO: statistics on newspaper, book and print industry

I’m a history student from Germany and as such assisting Prof. Dr. Kim Christian Priemel in a research project on the history of the newspaper, book and print industry in the 20th century.  [Read more]

Conference Registration is Open

Sara T. Sauers

Registration is open! The American Printing History Association’s 42nd annual conference will be held jointly with the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 6–7, 2017, with a post-conference event on October 8 at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Please join us amidst a colorful New England autumn at the institution founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas for exploration of the production, distribution, reception, and survival of printed words and images in America to 1900. 

Full Conference information here.

Music Engraving Tools?

Jude Lubrano from  J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians, rare book & manuscript dealers specializing in music, is seeking information about a set of engraving tools that she acquired a decade ago at an auction in Germany. [Read more]

ISO: Photos of Mass Printing Technology, Early 1900s

 Via the contact form:

I am writing on behalf of MontanaPBS. We are currently working on a documentary about CM Russell & The American West. For this, we are looking to acquire photos of mass printing technology from early 1900s. 
We are looking for the tools used during this time as well as some wide shots of them being used in newsrooms etc. Do you have any photos that fit these descriptions or know where we can continue our search?

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Maria Anderson

ISO: Ink containers circa 1900-05

Via the Contact form:

I am doing some research for a current project on printing. I need to know the type of vessel ink came in at a 1900-1905 commercial printer’s shop. I would like a visual showing what it would have looked like. For example, the ink used in printing a newspaper at that time.

Brenda White


Share a Story with APHA

The APHA website is now accepting short articles on lesser known aspects of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. Texts must be original but are not required to be scholarly. (That need is well met by APHA’s journal Printing History.) The website editor will consider biographical sketches, tales of provenance, professional reminiscences, as well as preliminary research. All are encouraged to submit—APHA members and nonmembers, students and non-academics, the trained and self-taught—by contacting the editor.