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Scenes from APHA conference, Washington, DC

Monday, October 25th, 2010

About 150 American Printing History Association members and their friends came together at the Corcoran in Washington DC on October 15 and 16 for APHA’s annual conference. A number of FPBA members are also APHA members. The subject of the conference was “Learning to Print, Teaching to Print: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” A few scenes:

The Center for Book Arts in NYC gave the first presentation.


Betty Bright gave the keynote.


Silk screen demonstration at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presentation by the Chesapeake chapter of APHA, which was the organizer of the converence.

Terry Belanger presented.
–Bob McCamant

APHA Conference: Letterpress at School

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The new edition of the American Printing History Association newsletter announces the program for the fall conference. The PDF is found here. Speakers include Steve Miller, Betty Bright, Terry Belanger, and more than 20 others including plenty of FPBA members. It’s to be held at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, on October 15 and 16.

–Bob McCamant

Latest APHA newsletter arrives just in time for the weekend

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Looking for some good weekend reading?

The latest issue of the American Printing History Association’s newsletter has just been published and can be download for free here. It may be just 8 pages long but it sure packs a punch with news, reports, and event listings from this very active organization.

Like what you see? Why not join APHA? The many benefits of membership are listed here.

— Paul Razzell

APHA conference announced: “Learning to Print…”

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The American Printing History Association has announced the date and topic of their 35th Annual Conference, “Learning To Print, Teaching to Print.” It will be held in Washington, DC, October 15th–17th, 2010, at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Download the Call for Proposals here. (It’s a PDF.)

–Bob McCamant

APHA conference schedule posted

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

This year, because Oak Knoll has changed its annual fest to an every-other-year one, the FPBA annual membership and board meetings have been switched to occur in conjunction with the annual American Printing History Association conference. This is particularly appropriate, since the topic of the APHA conference is “The Book Beautiful.” It will be held in Newport, Rhode Island on October 16-18.

The annual membership meeting of the FPBA is set for the afternoon of Friday, October 16, at 5 pm in a meeting room at the Newport Public Library. Members and prospective members are welcome.

While attendance at the APHA conference is not required to participate in the FPBA annual meeting, many members should be interested in the conference, whose schedule has now been announced publicly. For details, look here. Several FPBA members will be speakers at the event.

–Bob McCamant

Think it’s hard being a printer today?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The final issue of the old series of Printing History came out a month or so ago (don’t worry, they’re well into their new series), and I just got around to reading the fascinating story of circus poster printers in the nineteenth century, contributed by Richard Flint. Not only was it a big part of the printing business, it also was in the technological forefront, introducing some of the earliest four-color printing and forcing the growth of sheet sizes for ever-larger posters.

There were many interesting factoids in the article. From an account of how grooves were used for a primitive form of tint: “To blend colors so it wouldn’t set up as a pattern, on the next color, if they wanted like a tint, they would run the red cuts diagonally to what the yellow cuts were so that they would never end up with a square pattern on the cut…then if they came along with a third color, they’d run a third color the other way…never parallel.”

But to me the very most interesting discovery pertained to finance. Printers were expected print posters for a year’s shows in advance, but were only paid when the posters were used. One of several examples: “In 1887…three show printing companies–Booth, Courier, and Strobridge–apparently took possession of the Doris and Colvin circus. It is unclear if they sold it at auction or forced its sale, but they were the prinicipal creditors, having carried a debt for three years that accumulated to more than $30,000.”

Back issues of Printing History (not to mention membership information for the American Printing History Association) are available here. The poster is more than a yard square, printed in 1873, and comes from the Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin.

–Bob McCamant