|Gary Price and Fred Voltmer being precise.|
The 4th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing event was another rousing success.
The planning started well in advance. The inordinate amount of necessary prep work is painstaking. But to the printers, all of it is fun.
Even on the day of the event, there was a lot of fine-tuning to do.
|Grendl Löfkvist and Fred Voltmer being precise.|
Above you can see the copper block in the bed with the little red heart visible. The experts are aligning the paper on the tympan.
|Li Jiang inking.|
With the frisket closed over the tympan, you can see the paper peeking through.
Next steps: close it up, roll it under the platen, turn the rounce handle, and pull the bar handle.
|Gretta Mitchell and Fred Voltmer.|
Here you can see the happy result!
|Valentines laid out in the SF History Center Reading Room|
Later, production printing filled the room.
|Gary Price helping the curious.|
Back in the Rare Book Room, everyone waiting to print on the Albion, got to practice on the little Golding "toy" handpress. And of course, we had another capable expert supervising the entire process.
It was just another Valentine's Day in Book Arts & Special Collections at the SFPL.
Watch the video from last year's event.