Right to Remain Silent Didn’t Apply to Printing —Michelson

Harold Berliner

“Some people’s fathers collected baseball cards, but mine collected Monotype casting machines and the matrixes that went with them,” notes daughter Judith Berliner, the only of his eight children to pursue a career in printing. “He lived large in several different circles, which didn’t necessarily cross paths, but printing remained dad’s first love and his true life passion.” Helping out at her father’s print shop running a handfed Chandler & Price press at 14, she would go on to work several years as the only female in the offset pressroom at the former Graphic Center in Sacramento, CA. But, the desire to run her own print shop, like her father, eventually led Judith to return home to launch Full Circle Press in 1991. Still operating her father’s vintage equipment, the commercial letterpress shop specializes in wedding invitations, event announcements and stationery.

“Letterpress is still a process that yields beautiful print,” she points out. “We now use polymer plates (not hot lead) to obtain the deep impression that gives definition to a project. I’ve witnessed tremendous change and crossed many technology bridges during my printing career. It may be a different industry from when I started, but there is still nothing like the hum of a Windmill turning impressions ever so smoothly.” If her father were still alive, he’d proudly share that same sentiment, and with a twinkle in his eye.