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Call for Papers: “The Printed Weird”

48th Annual APHA National Conference
“The Printed Weird: Book History from the Margins”
Austin, Texas, October 12–14, 2023

The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce a call for papers (PDF) for our 2023 annual conference at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin. This year’s broad theme invites submissions that raise questions about established printing and book historical practices, knowledge, and objects, particularly those that present the odd or alternative, the apparently exceptional or idiosyncratic, the out of the mainstream, the contradictory to received wisdom. Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and posters are due Friday, May 5.

Call for Papers for Printing History 33

The American Printing History Association invites submissions for the next issue of its peer-reviewed journal Printing History. Seeking to represent the discussions begun at its recent conference in LA, “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present,” this issue will feature articles from conference presenters and panelists. Research and comments from the wider community are welcome. [Read more]

Highlights of the 2023 Annual Meeting

Clockwise from top left: APHA Award Individual Laurates Irene Tichenor and Fritz Klinke, Fellowship winner, Val Lucas, APHA Award Institutional Award winners Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione and Mark Barbour of The International Printing Museum.

The American Printing History Association Annual Meeting took place Saturday, January 28, via Zoom with 58 members in attendance. The meeting began with greetings and announcements by the president, followed by the reports of officers, elections of trustees, and the announcements of the Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship winner and the APHA Awards recipients. [Read more]

ISO: Medal to Halftone Block

From the Contact Form:

I’m on the trail of a 1792 Washington peace medal that is related to archaeological research I have been involved with in western PA at the request of the Seneca Nation of Indians. We have indications that a surviving 1792 peace medal was cast in 1916 in Millvillage, PA, perhaps in plaster, before being turned into a metal dye (or is block the proper term?) for making a halftone print.  [Read more]

Printing History 31-32 in the Mail

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2023 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

The American Printing History Association Board of Trustees invites you to join the 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 28 at 2 pm Eastern. As last year, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom and registration (below) is required beforehand. [Read more]

Imprenta Enlace: A Live Tradition of Mexican Letterpress

Belinda Ugalde Mellado

This article is based on the author’s 2021 APHA conference presentation.

Figure 1. Lucha Libre poster. (All photos by Manuel Manero.)

In an era defined by digital media, it is extraordinary to find letterpress print shops in Mexico that have managed to endure and preserve the typographic arts without the support of cultural institutions. Such is the case of Imprenta Enlace, a print shop in the city of Xalapa run by the Romero family. For more than 35 years, they have printed typographical posters with a distinctive aesthetic that is part of the visual identity of popular festivals and events in numerous towns in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. It is probably the last shop of its kind in the region and one of the few still operating commercially in the country. [Read more]

2022 APHA President’s Letter

Fernando Pena

December 19, 2022 

Dear APHA member and friend, 

You are cordially invited to our annual meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2 p.m. (EST) to conduct APHA’s business and celebrate excellence in printing history. As in recent years, our 2023 annual meeting will be virtual. [Read more]

2023 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is accepting applications for the 2023 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History. An award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms. [Read more]

ISO: 2022 Conference Documentation

From the Contact form:

Hello, I’m a grad student studying for my MLIS and taking a class called the history of the book. I’m in Boston so was not able to travel to your recent conference. There were several session papers mentioned on your conference website that would be great to read for a research project I’m working on. [Read more]