A Stitch in Time: Bookbinding and Repair Under the WPA

“A WPA book repair project working through the summer vacation period has reclaimed 210,438 books from the school junk heap and made them clean and fit for use.” (New York Times, 1938). The New Deal agency Works Progress Administration (later renamed Work Projects Administration) lasted only about eight years, from

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Traditional Iranian Hand Binding

A special thank you to Mr. Iraj Navidi for providing the content of this post. A Summary of the History of Iranian Traditional Hand Bookbinding Iranians learned to make paper from the Chinese, and started making paper in the city of Samarkand. Examples of Iranian paper include Samarkand, Khorasan, Tabriz

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Happy Holidays from ABM

Wishing you the very best this holiday season, from the American Bookbinders Museum Anita Kristine Madeleine

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Bookbinding and the Working Woman

In honor of International Woman’s Day, we’re reposting this blog post from 2016. Enjoy! One of the by-products of the Industrial Revolution was a change in the status of women working outside the home. Working from home–doing piece-work in and around all the other jobs that were part of running

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The Journeyman Bookbinder

Just a Journeyman Binder of Books Working from town to town A craftsman old, of an ancient guild With graying hair and wrinkled frown.   He binds the books in leather and cloth, Tools them in letters of gold Some printed thoughts that come to naught, Others of priceless mould.

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Happy New Year

Just a reminder: ABM will be closed in celebration of the New Year on Tuesday, January 2. We will be open on January 3, and look forward to meeting you then. Our best wishes to the Book community for a safe, healthy, and book-filled 2018.

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Celebrating Local Binders

This winter the Museum Shop at the American Bookbinders Museum is pleased to showcase the work of two extraordinary book artisans. Pietro Accardi was born in Turin, in northwestern Italy, where his father, Gaetano, was the founder of Typografia Accardi. After working at his father’s press, Accardi went on to

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Litquake at ABM

    Saturday, October 7 through Saturday, October 14 This year the American Bookbinders Museum hosts eight days and evenings of Litquake events, from panel discussions for new writers and kid-friendly events to featured authors and readers. See the Litquake site for a full listing of events, both at ABM

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ABM is Open!

The city is doing construction on Clementina Street, but don’t be daunted: sidewalks are still open, and so is the Bookbinders Museum. Come visit!

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