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March 10: The Art of the Letterpress
March 10, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM$3
The Art of the Letterpress
Presented by Alan Runfeldt
Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Ramapo Reformed Church Education Bldg., 100 Island Road, Mahwah NJ
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Alan Runfeldt has “printer’s ink in his veins.” At the age of 12 his parents gave him a Kelsey Excelsior Press as a birthday present and for the last 53 years he has been learning the letterpress printing business, teaching others about it, printing all kinds of things for himself and others, and collecting vintage printing equipment. From his farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey he has restored presses, demonstrated them to anyone who visits, made videos, and built museum- quality reproductions of famous presses. The letterpress process has rich history beginning with Gutenberg in 1450, brought to America by Benjamin Franklin and the colonial printers, and continuing as the main method of newspaper publishing through the 1960’s.
The Ramsey Journal was printed on letterpress equipment from 1892-1967 and Mr. Runfeldt will, in a multimedia presentation, tell us interesting things about his favorite subject.
Admission $3.00 – Members free, refreshments served. Reservations recommended.
The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from The New Jersey Historical Commission, Dept. of State.