Phil and all...
Yes, I took along lots of samples. I have a half dozen or so 19th century books
in rough condition--fine for folks to handle. A group of Black CAt Press and
duplicates--nice literary subjects, and inexpensive, wonderful for "hands on".
Pat Baldwin's Pequeno Press titles--the students were especially intrigued by
Mark Twain's "War Prayer", which I did as a reading (with permission, of course).
Some samples of Eastern European miniatures, assorted keepsakes, some of Bob
Massmann's intriguing little books, a half dozen fine leather bindings, and so
Probably 40 books, all
of which were passed around at the tables where the students were sitting. The
hit was the "Lord's Prayer on a Piece of Type". No one really believed me at
I passed around a magnifying glass. What a reaction. "I can SEE it!!". "WOW".
Real enthusiasm. And I brought along my 3 x 5 Kelsey press and a handful of
Most of the group had never seen a printing press--of any size.
One interesting note that surprised the kids was the fact that when they use a
processing program and click on those little numbers at the top of the screen to
"the size of the letters", they are actually working with point sizes.
There was plenty to talk about; I got thank you notes from several teachers, and
invitation to return in the spring, to meet a different group of students.
No slides--just the little books.
Best wishes to all,
> Angelika... Exactly right! I wonder how many others thought the same thing?
> A number of questions come to mind, Jon. Particularly , how did you simplify
> the subject so those with no background could understand and stay interested.
> Did you show samples that could be handled? And did you use slides or other
> visuals? (I can see how guidance from others who've done talks would be a big
> timesaver...perhaps a continuing column in the Newsletter???) Phil Morrison
> Shoestring Press.
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