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ISO: What is considered a print today?

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I am Mahmoud a fine arts student from egypt working on my master degree in the field of printmaking, i have a few academic questions can someone help? My questions are :

A- has any organization or academic institutions made manifesto that define the art print and original print by stating the guidelines and it’s regulations, other than the print council of America and their publication ( what is an original print) in 1961?? Especially now days due to the overlapping of arts and media with printmaking ?? [Read more]

ISO: Book Production Methods, ca. 1961

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I would like to learn what printing technologies were historically employed by America’s large book publishers. In 1961, how was Lippincott printing its books? When did Knopf move from one technology to another? [Read more]

ISO: Origin of the CMYK Four-color Wet Process

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I’m researching the industrialization of four-color process printing. Your printing history timeline, as well as many blog posts other sites, states that in the year 1906 “CMYK four-color wet process inks developed by the Eagle Printing Ink Co.” Can you please share the references for this entry? [Read more]

ISO: Printers’ Contracts

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I hope this email finds you well and safe. I am a contracts professor and I’m researching the history of printed contracts. I was hoping you might be willing to share with me some of your knowledge and expertise, as I am trying to understand when it became common for commercial parties to start printing their contracts. [Read more]

ISO: Proofreading in the 1940s

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I’m trying to get a sense of the tasks that went into proofreading the text of a small-town newspaper in the U.S. in the 1940s. I don’t know how common it was for linotype machines to be used by such papers at that point, and if so how proofing worked. [Read more]

ISO: Brooklyn Print Shop, ca. 1920

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I am trying to find information about a printing shop that my great-great grandfather, Pell Hubbard Pell and the Blauvelt family, owned somewhere in Brooklyn in or around 1920. Any light you can shed on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you in advance, Yours faithfully, Connie Pell


ISO: De Vinne Press Archive

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I am researching a book published by the De Vinne Press in 1888 and would like to know where the company archive is stored. I hope to find information regarding the designer of the binding, whom I suspect was a major Boston artist of the period.


Restoring A Coisne Stanhope Hand Press

Robert Oldham

A Coisne Stanhope, La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Robert Oldham)

While there are some gaps in our knowledge of the evolution of the hand press, one of the great leaps forward occurred about 1800–1810, when Charles Mahon, third Earl Stanhope, developed his ideas for a printing press, which was produced by the London engineer Robert Walker. And although there is some suspicion about the source of the ideas for the mechanism, Stanhope is credited with “inventing” the first all-iron hand press, and its success ensured its spread throughout Europe. [Read more]

ISO: Ampli-Type

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I have come across an American study from 1943 which used a typeface called Ampli-Type. I have been unable to find out anything about this typeface. Can anyone help? —Julie

Call for Papers – Wayzgoose 2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce that our 2020 annual conference will be held in partnership with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin November 6-8, 2020. We are excited to accept letters of proposal for 30-minute speaking topics, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. See the attached PDF for more details. Please note the deadline for applications is April 3oth, 2020. | Revised PDF