I’ve been waiting for the printer’s fair at San Jose History Park to happen this spring for quite some time. Over the last few years I’d heard there was a fair hosted by the San Jose Printer’s Guild, but I never managed to make it. This year I actually put a note in my calendar so I wouldn’t miss it.
It was awesome!
So much to see! I brought the kiddos but it was tough at times. Even though there were plenty of kid-friendly events and printing demos, my 6-year-old was complaining quite a bit. Thank goodness for the hot dog truck and the promise of a choice of candy from the candy shop to keep him content. Yes, I bribe my children from time to time. My 9-year-old was much more engaged; I guess she takes after me.
For many of the vendors, printing presses are a hobby. We met Maria who came down from Santa Rosa with her printing presses. She was so good with the kids, having them make their own bookmarks.
I was surprised to see that type is still sold though what I understood from listening to other people’s conversations around me, presses are no longer made.
Here are the presses at the Patrick Reagh Printers table.
Then, there was a booth with these. It’s a counter, but I’m not sure how it works. I think it needs to be mounted on some kind of handle.
There was a crowd of people around and the person behind the table was too busy to talk, but she had a lot of them.
I mean, a lot of them.
She also had something else that had most of my attention:
She had a big selection of wooden type trays. I’ve always wanted one. I’m not sure what I want to put in it, but it’s a fabulous piece for displaying on your wall. So for $15 I came home with one. I don’t have any place to hang it at the moment, but that’s not the point. The point is, it’s mine. Yay!
I also came home with a big pile of paper ephemera that was free for the taking but donations were appreciated. I got some lovely font type books, like this one from the San Francisco Type Foundry. The pages are a heavy card stock so will make wonderful postcards eventually.
What a fun day! I’ll be back next year.