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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.

Recent issues of Printing History on Sale Now

These issues—and others—are available to the public through RIT Press. Here are the links for 27/28 and 29/30.

ISO: De Vinne “Masculine Typography” Speech

From the Contact form:

Hello, my name is Florian and I’m a French student in typography!

I am currently writing a dissertation about gender and typography for my diploma, and one of my main references is the “Masculine typography” speech of Theodore Low De Vinne. [Read more]

ISO: Robert Thom printing plate

From the Contact page:

I am wondering if you could offer any information about an item we found in the Detroit area. We have a Robert Thom printing plate “The temples and cult of Asclepius”. We can provide photos and measurements if you would like. We haven’t been able to locate anything even remotely similar and are wondering if it has some historical significance and value. Thank you so much!

Kind Regards,

Carla Abraham

New Board Members for 2022

The American Printing History Association is pleased to introduce members who have agreed to serve as officers and Trustees on the APHA board. This dynamic group of talented people will grow our organization and keep APHA thriving. We’re excited they are joining us.

The Nominating Committee 
Jesse Ryan Erickson
Nina Schneider, Chair
Kseniya Thomas
Carrie Valenzuela

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ISO: Printing in the 1930s and 40s

From the contact form:

Hello, I am a writer from NJ. My father who recently passed told me several stories about his father who owned/worked for the first/only printing press in their town of Murray, KY. My father was born in 1931 so this would have been in the 30s and 40s. I am looking for information about the shop and what printing was like in those days. [Read more]

2022 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

The American Printing History Association Board of Trustees invites you to join the 2022 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 2pm Eastern. As last year, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom and registration (below) is required beforehand. The Annual Meeting will have guest talks by the recipients of our 2022 APHA Awards: [Read more]

President’s Annual Letter, 2021

Elizabeth Haven Hawley

Dear Member of the American Printing History Association, 

You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting at 2 pm (EST) on Saturday,  January 29, 2022, to celebrate excellence in printing history and conduct the Association’s business. Annual meeting information will be e-mailed to members and posted on this site. [Read more]