In my neck of the woods one doesn’t meet many visiting printers. I have long since become inured to my forced isolationism, mercifully broken by occasional short visits to Ed. Tevis’ neat shop in Richmond, to rejuvenate my printing interests. So it was a pleasant surprise on Monday afternoon, May 31, to get a phone call from a Maryland AAPA member, Charles Daniels, who was in town visiting relatives. Charles coerced his brother into transporting him through the winding Kentucky back roads to our house. I met Maxine Daniels who literally bubbled over with enthusiasm over AJ, and Charles who immediately seemed to feel at home in my subterranean, cluttered shop.
We said a lot to one another in a brief half-hour. All agreed that it was great fun to be amateurs, people who enjoy all of the papers in the bundles, mimeoed or printed, large or small. poor and good, without looking down our noses at those that aren’t in the “standard” format, 5×7, with 4- 5- 6- 7 margins, and set in Garamond or Baskerville. Maxine told me that she already knew me, from reading my papers in the bundles. It is nice to find kindred spirits to talk with about things I am interested in. I feel that Ilm much closer to the Charles Daniels, and the AAPA, after our brief visit
Another New Press
A new AJ has just become a member of the AAPA. My nine-year-old son, J. Hill Hamon, Jr. is the new proprietor of The Chipmunk Press. He will print on a Kelsey 5×8 press, and is presently gathering material for a small journal he wants to print, entitled The Beetle. He has his own case of type and composing stick, and is diligently practicing his new art. So look for his first issue before too long. The Hamon print shop sounds more like a zoo, what with the Whippoorwills, Chipmunks, Beetles, and cockroaches.
by Richard R. France
Today, while pondering my role in nature’s theater, I wished myself cast as a giant oak in order to see more clearly from my balcony seat of branches. After my realizing the theme was Oneness, immense excitement welled up inside my trunk.
One of our neighbors recently retired. When we asked him what he had been doing since his retirement he replied that he had joined what sounded like The Honeydew Club. “It’s honey, do this, & honey, do that!” he disgustedly replied.
One of the beauties of mimeographing, if you can agree that there are any, in my estimation, is that you can print on just about any kind of paper. I have recently seen some book-length pamphlets published in mimeograph but on a good book paper They were perfectly satisfactory, in fact, I had to look closely to make sure that they were not reproduced by offset. Why this discrimination against mimeo? Good mimeo reproduction is superior to sloppy offset products. Besides, mimeoed publications have won awards recently in both AAPA & NAPA organizations. Isn’t what we are saying in our small journals more important than the method of reproduction? I don’t care how you do it, but get something in the bundles for all to enjoy.
Handset in 10-pt. Smith-Corona.
J. Hill Hamon, Frankfort, Ky. 40601