August 13th: APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

APHA Movie Night @ CalRBS

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association during California Rare Book School

Join us for an encore screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us


Popcorn and beverages will be provided!

GSEIS Building, Room 111
290 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, 90095
(At the eastern corner of Royce Drive and Sycamore Ct.)
Next door to the Young Research Library

Park across the street in Lot 5, top level
Parking is $3/hour

The Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS) building is located in the NE section of campus, immediately west of the Charles E. Young Research Library. The closest available parking is Parking Structure 5. There are “Pay-by-Space” spots on the top level (Level 6 only) of the structure.

Note: there is no free parking at UCLA. Street parking can be tricky in
Westwood. If you plan to park on the street, please pay attention to the
signs since most of the immediate area requires a residential permit.

Campus map
Directions & Parking info
Parking map

The campus is served by a number of bus lines. For more information contact the MTA, Culver City Bus, or Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.

For questions and more information, please contact

CalRBS Movie Nights!

The Machine That Made Us

Thursday, August 7th at the Clark Library
2520 Cimarron Street (at Adams Blvd)
Gates open at 6 pm, movie starts at nightfall (about 9 pm)
Bring some food & drink*, a blanket or lawn chair and a friend!

Wednesday, August 13th at UCLA
GSEIS Building, Room 111
5:15 pm
Popcorn & beverages will be provided

This year we are reconnecting with our printing roots with a special re-screening of Stephen Fry’s legendary documentary The Machine that Made Us. In this installment, we will learn some fundamentals about the history and impact of the almighty printing press—a machine that has had so much influence over our daily lives that we often fail to recognize it. Print historians and typophiles alike will no doubt take joy in rediscovering an old favorite among friends while neophytes to print studies are welcome to learn about the fascinating narrative of how Johann Gutenberg put ink onto paper for the first time.

On August 7th bring a friend to the Clark Library for a late summer evening outdoor screening of Stephen Fry’s landmark film. The following week, August 13th, the film will be screened at the GSEIS Building on the UCLA campus.

*On Thursday, August 7th, you are invited to bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy al fresco on the grounds of the Clark Library.  Note: there is plenty of free parking at the Clark. Although restrooms will be available, the library will not be open.

There are a number of options for dinner: bring something to the Clark and enjoy an al fresco meal on the lawn, or there are any number of restaurants on the way to the Clark if you prefer to eat before you arrive. Below are some options.

La Usuluteca (pupusas)
Chipolte (Mexican fast-food)
Normandie Bakery (sandwiches/salads/soups, with a dine-in option)
Phillip’s Barbeque
Ralph’s Supermarket

Las Anayas Taqueria (BYOB)
El Cholo (Mexican, on Western, near Olympic)
Papa Christo (Greek)
Post & Beam (modern soul food)

There are also plenty of restaurants in Culver City, and no lack of fast food options in the area.

July 26th: Print collection + press tour in Claremont

Claremont Print and Press Tour

Noon – 5PM

Join us for an afternoon in Claremont for a bit of print history and conversation. We will be touring the Honnold/Mudd Special Collections and The First-Floor Press at the Claremont Colleges Library. We are truly in for a treat, as Honnold/Mudd holds a broad array of close to a millennia’s worth of primary source material including art, literature, and, of course, fine printing. Their most hospitable staff will graciously guide us through their current exhibition, “Staying Alive: What’s New in Special Collections,” highlighting their latest acquisitions. We will also have a chance to view some examples from their Fine Press and Californiana collections.

This will be followed by a tour and talk of The First-Floor Press with Professor Jeffrey D. Groves of Harvey Mudd College. The First-Floor Press in Honnold/Mudd Library has some terrific examples of original, rebuilt, and restored presses, brought back to life by the hard work and dedication of Professor Groves. Highlights include his 1850 R. Ritchie & Son Columbian press, a restored 1907 Chandler & Price Jobbing Platen press, a 20th Century Reliance “Washington-style press,” and, most impressively, a Replica 18th Century Common Press that was built by Dr. Jeffrey Groves himself. The First-Floor Press was born out of a legacy which began in the early 1980s with the initial loan of a 19th century Columbian press to Claremont Colleges Library by that of one Dr. Edward Petko. 

Following the tour, we will adjourn to The Press Restaurant, located in what was once the printing press building for The Claremont Courier, for optional libations and conversation.

Please RSVP by July 25th for time and location details. This event is free and open to all, though an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE

June 7th: To Print and Dine in L.A.


The American Printing History Association,
Southern California Chapter presents
To Print and Dine in L.A.
Touring Print and Design in Historic Downtown Los Angeles

10AM – 4PM

Join us for a taste of L.A. history! This daylong tour will take us from the archives of the Los Angeles Central Library’s celebrated menu collection, followed by an opportunity to dine at Cole’s, home of the famous French dip sandwich, located since 1908 in the hollow of the Pacific Electric Building. We’ll end the day with a visit to artist and native Angeleno Dave Lefner at his home and studio at The Brewery, the world’s largest artist colony and former site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. We’ll have a chance to learn about the unique art of reduction linoleum block printing and view Dave’s incredible Los Angeles-focused body of work featuring photorealist depictions inspired by vintage signs and the surrounding urban landscape.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by JUNE 5th to

Detailed directions and additional information will be sent to those who register.

New ways to contact us!

Thanks to the Southern California Chapter’s IT Department, we have new email addresses for the Chapter Board members…

When in doubt, send an email to and we’ll forward the message.

All addresses end in


Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting programs to be announced soon!

Paul Moxon’s Versatile Vandercook: rescheduled

“The Versatile Vandercook”
Join Paul Moxon for a talk about the Vandercook and other brands of hand-operated flatbed cylinder presses and their transition from essential printing plant equipment to their repurposing as a highly desirable book arts tool.
Paul Moxon is a studio letterpress printer, itinerant teacher and author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources. He is also website editor in chief for the American Printing History Association, a recent Newberry Fellow and a former Rare Books School Fellow.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
3 pm
$8 admission
FREE for APHA and Museum Members
 International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745

For more info and to RSVP:

Election Results

The results of last week’s voting have been tabulated, and we’re pleased to announce the following new APHA SoCal Board members for 2014-2016:

President: Nina Schneider
Programs Co-Chairs: Kristina Vargas & Jesse Erickson
Treasurer: Barbara Hauser
Secretary: Mike Garabedian

Many thanks to all who ran–
Congratulations to the new Board!

Pilgrimage to the Church of Type



Detail from printed poster from the Church of Type (


Church of Type

Join the Southern California chapter of APHA for a visit to the recently relocated Church of Type in Santa Monica, CA. Founded two years ago by Kevin Bradley, the Church of Type specializes in typographic posters and broadsides printed from wood and metal types. Kevin started his career at Hatch Show Prints before founding Yee Haw Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee seventeen years ago. Now headquartered in Southern California, Kevin continues to redefine the way we think of letterpress. During this visit, we’ll have the chance to see his shop, marvel at his amazing collection of type, and view a wide range of his letterpress printed work. There will be a chance to buy some posters too!

Saturday, February 15, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 13th to
Jane Carpenter at jfcarpenter (at) library (dot) ucla (dot) edu

Detailed directions and more information to those that RSVP


Visit to UCLA’s BioMed Library & Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us

Southern California Chapter
American Printing History Association
Visit to UCLA’s BioMed Library & Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7- 9 pm

Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA
12-077 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Charles E. Young Drive South & Tiverton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1798

Please join us for a fun and informative evening when we visit Russell Johnson, Librarian for the Biomedical Special Collections, as he presents: “Printed Medical Stuff That is Meant to Be Written In/On”. We’ll look at just a few of the treasures housed in the library including broadsides on phrenology, lecture announcements, handbills, billheads, and forms, as well as baby books and 18th c. interleaved lectures.

The annual membership meeting will immediately follow. We will provide reports of the previous year’s activities, ask for ideas for upcoming events, and vote on four important offices: President, Secretary, Programs Chair, and Treasurer.

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to Jane Carpenter: Parking instructions and further directions will be provided for those attending.

Birth Announcement postcard (1910) from the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA

Birth Announcement postcard (1910) from the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA

Friendly reminder: if you still need to renew your APHA So Cal membership, you may do so online . You need to be a current member to vote. Thanks!

Map of Biomedical Library location on UCLA campus

For questions or more information:

CANCELLED: Versatile Vandercook

Due to winter-related travel problems, Paul Moxon won’t be able to present the “Versatile Vandercook” on Monday, January 6th. We apologize for the inconvenience, but please stay tuned for details for our upcoming membership meeting (place and time TBA).