The Lanston Type Co.’s former owner, Gerald Giampa, has died of a stroke in Vancouver. We will publish an obituary of Giampa written by Robert Bringhurst in the fall issue of Parenthesis. In the meantime, here is a tribute to Giampa written by John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks:

‘Gerald Giampa, letterpress printer extraordinaire, former owner of the Lanston Type Co., pioneer in the conversion of metal to digital type, and contributor to Typophile, has died in Vancouver following a massive stroke. An obituary is expected in the Vancouver newspapers, and a wake is being planned for 31 July (location to be announced). . . .’ Read the full article at

Above: Giampa’s at his Cobblestone Press, 323 in Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the early 1970s.

Below: An example of Giampa’s work with ornaments, strongly based on Curwen models.

— Paul Razzell