Fri 3/3/2017 1:16 AM
The International Printing Museum, Carson, CA, to Host the 2017 NAPA Convention, July 26th to 30th
The International Printing Museum in Carson, California, just south of downtown Los Angeles, will be the host for this year’s annual National Amateur Press Association Convention. The dates for the gathering of amateur journalists, or Ajayers, will be Wednesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 30th.
The backdrop of this year’s gathering are the beautiful working presses and displays at the International Printing Museum. Our hosts, Dr. Leland Whitson and Museum Director Mark Barbour have lined up an exceptional set of engaging presentations, working demonstrations and special outings to make this year’s convention a very memorable experience for all Ajayers who attend!
After the regular NAPA Convention business meetings each morning, the daily activities will include letterpress demonstrations on various historic presses, paper marbling workshop, linotyping and printing of special NAPA Convention Journal, unusual bookbinding techniques, and printing on 19th century hand presses large and small. There will be working tours of the Museum’s extensive galleries on printing history and a special theatre presentation by Benjamin Franklin, printer and journalist (and probably the first American Ajayer!).
Thursday evening will be a special Printer’s Movie Night with screenings of two period printing-related flicks in the Museum’s Heritage Theatre. Mark Barbour, the Museum’s Founding Curator, will give the banquet keynote presentation, “LINDNER’S GOLD: The Collections of the International Printing Museum”, highlighting colorful stories of the Ernie Lindner and his 50 years of building one of the largest collections of antique printing presses.
A special highlight of this year’s convention will be the fully letterpress printing of a special convention NAPA journal. Stories written by convention attendees will be linotyped in hot metal and printed on a Heidelberg cylinder with the cover printed on a Windmill Press. If you cannot attend the convention, you will be welcome to submit an article for inclusion.
The Printing Museum will highlight for attendees various amateur presses in the collection from 1850 to the present; several of these rare, historic presses will be set up for attendees to print keepsakes on. In addition, their will be a special, hands-on presentation of “Treasures from the Museum’s Library,” featuring rare type specimen books, printing journals and publications, along with early amateur press publications from the 19th century by the founders of the National Amateur Press Association.
Plan to experience a great National Amateur Press Association Convention in the warm, sunny climate of Southern California among the world-class collection of the International Printing Museum. Early attendees will have the opportunity for special tours of the Huntington Library & Gardens, and The Getty, both world-class cultural gems. This year’s NAPA Convention will be a gathering of Ajayers to remember, and you are guaranteed to get your fingers a bit dirty with ink and paper pulp! Make your plans now to travel west this July to join your fellow amateur journalists and printers. And if you are so inclined, you can come early and join the Amalgamated Printers Association (APA) Wayzgoose the weekend before, also at the Printing Museum.
The conference hotel will be the beautiful DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Carson, only 1.5 miles from the Museum. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service back and forth to the Museum. All of the conference activities will take place at the Printing Museum.
Details and schedule for the 2017 NAPA Conference can be found at www.printmuseum.org/NAPA or by emailing conference host Mark Barbour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE INTERNATIONAL PRINTING MUSEUM
The International Printing Museum was established in 1988 to house the impressive Ernest A. Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Equipment. Over the past three decades, the Museum’s collections and programs have grown significantly, with the Printing Museum being recognized as one of the largest displays of working antique printing presses in the world. Guests will see the hand-casting of metal printing type in Gutenberg’s workshop followed by the opportunity to “pull the devil’s tail” and print their own page of the Gutenberg Bible on his press. The displays on early printing include the Asian origins with Chinese and Japanese printing blocks, early Chinese papermaking, and Korean cast metal type that was used to print the first book from movable metal type 75 years before Gutenberg.
You will step into Benjamin Franklin’s colonial shop, America’s patriarch of printing and early journalist and writer. The exhibit features the third oldest American-made wooden press and several original specimens of Franklin’s printing, including a copy of his Pennsylvania Gazette. After printing your own copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack, you will continue your experience into the 19th century with the first metal printing press, the Stanhope Press of 1800, and the beautiful, albeit ostentasous, Columbian Press of 1813.
The Calico Rock Newspaper Shop of 1870 will give amateur journalists and printers an appreciation of what was required to “professionally” publish a weekly newspaper in a country town during the mid-19th century. The exhibit features the “Grasshopper” Cylinder Newspaper Press of 1880, invented by Enoch Prouty, a Baptist itinerant preacher interested in printing his temperance newspaper. The beginning of our modern “proof presses” can be seen with the portable galley press made and distributed by Dr. Miles of Elkhart, IN, helping him sell thousands of bottles of his famous elixer, Dr. Miles Nervine.
The Printing Museum’s collections include one of the most extensive collections of early typesetting and hot metal linecasting machines, from the Model 1 Linotype of 1890 to its early competitors, the Unitype and Rogers Typograph. There’s even a rare “linotype” typewriter among the Museum’s typewriter collection. Take a moment to see how fast you can type your story with that unusual keyboard!
A fully working 1950’s printing shop includes a working Linotype and Intertype, along with an All-Purpose Linotype and a Ludlow Typecaster with 900 fonts to choose from. The Heidelberg Cylinder Letterpress and Windmill are in regular operation, creating keepsakes for visitors harkening to an age of demanding printing production skills.
The exhibits of the Printing Museum cover the history of wood type, various printing techniques including stone lithography and engraving, the history of paper, newspapers and typewriters, and more.
Museum Founder Ernie Lindner build the original collection of antique printing presses over the course of 50 years in the 20th century. Since 1988, Founding Curator Mark Barbour has significantly added to this collection, creating one of the world’s largest collections of working antique printing machinery. Since its beginning in 1988, the Printing Museum to expand its educational programs to bring the history of printing and publishing to life for more than 25,000 visitors annually.
—Mark Barbour, Reception Committee Co-Chair