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September 2011

The baseball stamp series will be released July 2012 in sheets of 20. It’s part of the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to increase interest in stamp collecting via social media (including its Facebook page).

The New York Times noted that while this marks the first appearance for DiMaggio on a U.S. stamp, he was actually depicted on a stamp issued by Ajman in 1969, an independent emirate in the Persian Gulf that is now part of the United Arab Emirates. As an aside, people are only honored posthumously on U.S. stamps, but many foreign countries depict still-living people on their postal releases.

You can check out Mr. Coffee himself in a feature about stamp collecting in this issue.

PRINTING GYPSY: Frank Romano, the wandering sage of all things printing, brings us this interesting tidbit regarding The Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA: it has acquired the Charles Francis collection of printing for display. The museum, an ideal location for industry events and parties, will have an exhibit of the Francis Collection beginning in 2012.

A backgrounder, courtesy of Mr. Romano: From the 1880s to the 1930s, the Charles Francis Press was one of the largest American printers. The Francis Press was the major tenant in the Printing Crafts Building, the first building designed for multiple printing industry tenants. Symbols of historic printers are still present above the main entrance.

With fellow printer Theodore De Vinne, Charles Francis helped to establish the predecessor to PIA and wrote several books on printing company management. Francis collected books and artifacts about printing history, which he donated to the New York School of Printing, also a tenant. In 1956, the school moved into its own building and was re-named New York City High School of Communication Arts.

Most of the library was packed in boxes and stored away for 50 years. In 2006, RIT Professor Emeritus Romano and a small team of volunteers organized the collection. The City of New York has converted the building to a Gateway School for technical subjects and print was reduced to one small set of courses.

New York gave some of the Francis Bibles and other items to Fordham University, and the balance to the museum, including the brass memorial to Charles Francis.

Letterform expert Paul Shaw acquired certain duplicates on art and design. One of the items is a commemorative book signed by every student of the school on the 80th birthday of Fred Goudy.

The museum itself houses a large collection of letterpress tools and presses, and boasts the only collection of historic phototypesetting systems in the world. The 25,000-square-foot museum also stakes claim to one of the largest collections of print-related books, ephemera and typeface art (www.museumofprinting.org). PI

–Erik Cagle
 

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