Happy Printing Day

Bryan Ferrett, Alan Dye, Lisa Dunseth, Fred Voltmer and Norman McKnight with broadside, February 4, 2012.

It was a happy day for over 125 people who came to the library on Saturday to experience letterpress printing firsthand. Everyone was able to print a Jane Grabhorn-inspired valentine on the library's 103 year old Albion handpress. It was wild fun.

None of this would have happened without the expertise of a couple of handpress aficionados who have been extremely generous with their time--especially Fred Voltmer, who directed the repairs and procedures, and  Alan Dye, printer extraordinaire. Norman McKnight donated the beautiful Moravian handmade paper and  several other young printers from M&H Type, like Bryan, showed up to join the festivities.

Why is it so special to run a piece of paper through a printing press and take home a broadside? We just might have to start planning another event so you can see for yourself.

See Monica Lilta's charming video of the event.

More about our Albion.
More about Jane.
More about the Grabhorn collection.
More about Albionation.
Where to take classes: SFCB and the Chronicle article about them.

And, oh, by the way, here's the broadside:


  1. Happy printing day for all. It is so special to turn a piece of paper through a printing press and take home. This is happy day for all. I like this, and so amazing.


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