Hand Bookbinders of California 43rd Members Exhibition

The American Bookbinders Museum is pleased announce that we will be hosting the Hand Bookbinders of California’s 43rd Annual Members’ Exhibition this summer from June 12 – September 13, 2015. This will be ABM’s first exhibition in our newly remodeled facility!  We hope, it will be the first of many

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A Tale of Two Presses: Printing comes to Iceland

Gutenberg invented the printing press about 1450 in Germany. Although a technological revolution by all counts, it hardly spread like wild fire, even in Europe. The manuscript tradition continued strong for many decades. In the island territory known as Iceland, the advent of printing was even slower than in most

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Answers to the ABM Bookbinding Tools Trivia Contest!

The American Bookbinders Museum was thrilled to participate in the Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland last weekend. We met so many lovely people, and were excited for the opportunity to talk about the museum and bookbinding with such a wide audience. Our bookbinding tools trivia contest was a hit both

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ABM at California International Antiquarian Book Fair!

In case you hadn’t already heard, the American Bookbinders Museum is excited to announce that we will be attending the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland February 6-8! We will have a selection of early bookbinding manuals on display as well as bookbinding tools and equipment. To get you

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The Future of Book Restoration

A DYING CRAFT? For The Love of Old Books – And People Who Restore Them A dispatch from England by Dominic Riley Something to Think About In his book the Globalization of Nothing, George Ritzer, pioneer in the sociology of consumption, defines ‘nothing’ as anything that is centrally conceived and

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Tool maker’s search for apprentices

In Japan, the last craftsman of delicate scissors, nigri basami, searches for an apprentice.

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Bump in the Archive

Witchcraft has long been brewing in American culture.  Since the Salem witch trials and the Puritans attempt to snuff these alleged practitioners out, occultism has thrived in one form or another.  From secret societies practicing alchemy, to claims of the supernatural or various magical beliefs, important collections of the occult

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The Bindings of To-morrow

The Guild of Women Binders and The Bindings of To-morrow In an age largely given over to utilitarianism it is gratifying to find purposes and persons at variance with the conditions around them, and in no field is the discovery more productive of satisfaction that that of industry.[1]

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Linotype

Linotype fans and mid-20th century-printing nerds should enjoy this video featuring the country’s last Linotype newspaper operation in Saguache, Colorado.

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DIY Invisible Ink Printer

Well, here you go, hack your printer to print your own secret messages…

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