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RIP: Stephen O. Saxe

Steve Saxe in his pressroom at his home in White Plains, NY June 14, 2014 (Paul Moxon)

We are sad to report that Stephen O. Saxe,  one of the APHA founders, longtime APHA newsletter editor, and printing historian, died April 27. An obituary is forthcoming.


  1. R. David Weaver 1 May, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Stephen was one of our great historians on American Printing history and wood-type. rdw

  2. Stephen assisted me in identifying some of the more obscure antique types in my collection. Always a pleasant and helpful friend, he shall be greatly missed.

  3. Dennis Headrick 1 May, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I have been researching Composing Sticks for several years and Stephen was a fellow collector who was happy to share his knowledge and research information from his vast collection of catalogs. He will be missed.

  4. I learned a lot about printing history from Stephen Saxe, and although we never met in person, I consider him one of my primary mentors. A sad loss to the world – in and out of the printing community. The free sharing of his knowledge enhanced mine tremendously and enlightened the entire letterpress family.

  5. I am very sad to hear this news. Steve helped me with a few questions. He stated that if I was ever in New York I would be welcome. I am sorry that this will never happen.

  6. Steve Saxe, more than anyone else, was THE authority on the history of letterpress, contributing greatly to assuring historical documents would remain available, on-line. But more than that, he was first, a good friend of my father’s, and later, to me, when I took up latterpress printing in the mid-1990’s.I spent enjoyable times with him at APA meetings. On the Letterpress List on-line, I could always count on him to correct me, if I posted something inaccurate, which happened more than once. I’m saddened by his death; his knowledge and friendship are irreplaceable. RIP, Steve. You will be missed throughout the world of Letterpress.

  7. An extremely generous and warm heart, sharer of knowledge, lover of typography and wonderful friend. We spent many Thanksgiving dinners talking type and wondering why anyone would use Cooper Black for anything.
    R. I. P.

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