The annual conference of the American Printing History Association was just held in Chicago, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend again. This year’s speakers included printers, designers and historians, discussing the history of printing and type foundries in Chicago and nearby, the rise of prominent type designers and casters, and work in the fields of typography both traditional and digital.The conference was held at Columbia College, located a few blocks away from “Printer’s Row” (and even in it, as the student housing is located in the former Lakeside Press building.) A tour of Printer’s Row led us along Dearborn Street, where many type foundries and printing plants were located, including the Franklin Printing Company.

The Franklin Building

The Printer’s Fair offered the opportunity to browse work by diverse printers as well as old books (I may have purchased a few reproduction specimen books from the amazing collection of Dave Peat.)

I was able to browse through this amazing specimen book from France.

A full day of panels followed, and it was great to see so many people interested and involved in the history of printing. I’m all nerded out until next year’s conference.


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