JCBA welcomes you back with our LETTERPRESS APPRECIATION DAYS OPEN HOUSE Featuring “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film"

Sunday September 18 & Monday September 19
Noon to 4 PM each day

Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Studio & Book Arts Gallery

The number .918 is of immense importance here at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and for anyone involved in the old and venerable craft of letterpress printing: .918 inches is the standard height of all the types we use, from the very smallest to the largest. It's a number that reminds us of 9/18, and so for years now, JCBA has been celebrating Letterpress Appreciation Day on the 18th of September. This year 9/18 falls on a Sunday, so we're making things twice as nice by celebrating on Sunday the 18th (a great day for the community to come by) and on Monday the 19th, too (a school day, so we expect that'll be mainly for students, though the community is certainly welcome then, too).

During our open house come make a souvenir print. We hope to be cranking out prints on JCBA's 1890 Wesel Iron Handpress and you will be the printer. The old press is in need of some repair this year and we'll only be using it if we can fix it properly... and unfortunately the local hand press repairman retired about 95 years ago. (If we can't get the handpress fixed in time, we'll be using one of our 1940s Vandercook presses –– which are equally imPRESSive!) You'll print a broadside (a poster, basically) that will be set by hand from JCBA's collection of historic wood and metal types while we teach you a bit about this fascinating craft. The print is yours to keep and printing it will teach you the difference between clicking PRINT and actually PRINTING.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this 11th Letterpress Appreciation Days open house is a free event, though donations to the non-profit Jaffe Center, which is focused on artists’ books and the study of hand papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, are encouraged. (In keeping with the spirit of Letterpress Appreciation Day, might we suggest gifts in multiples of $9.18?) Cash, checks, and major credit cards are accepted for both donations and purchases. We appreciate your support, of course, but your presence is more important to us than your donation.

We'll be gathering up some awesome letterpress prints and book arts items available for purchase: cards, prints, books, zines. Cash, checks, credit cards, PayPal, and Venmo will be welcome.


Two screenings on the big screen in the Jaffe Book Arts Gallery!
Admission: Self-Determined (Students: FREE)

Screenings at 2 PM on Sunday 9/18 and Monday 9/19

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to Nashville's famed Hatch Show Print, "Pressing On: The Letterpress Film" explores the question: Why has letterpress survived in a digital age? Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives — joyful, mournful, reflective, and visionary — are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood and metal type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian, and collector in us all. Also in this film, you'll meet Jennifer Farrell of Chicago's Starshaped Press: She is JCBA's featured printer in our upcoming Wayzgoose.

2017 • Documentary • Unrated • 99 minutes • Bayonet Media • Directed by Erin Beckloff & Andrew P. Quinn.

Our LETTERPRESS APPRECIATION DAYS events take place at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library.


From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

The I-95 interchange for Florida Atlantic University (Exit 48A) takes you directly from the interstate to FAU. Once you pass the traffic light at Spanish River Boulevard, you are on the FAU campus on FAU Boulevard. Continue to the traffic signal at the intersection of FAU Boulevard and University Drive (FAU Stadium will be on your right). Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left at the traffic signal at Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.


Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $2 per hour. You may also purchase one day parking permit for $5 online directly. Easy!


Everyone entering and leaving FAU’s Wimberly Library must be swiped in and out, using their FAU Owl Card. For visitors without Owl Cards, once you’re inside the lobby of the building, let the folks at the front desk know you are here for the Jaffe Center and they will grant you access. (This may involve waving at the front desk crew to get their attention.)

Thank You!

Letterpress Appreciation Days are made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Cosa Duci Cafe & BakeryMercato Italiano Boca RatonConvivio Bookworks with additional support from Don & Pat Cortese, Carol Walker, & a Friend in Vero Beach


Be sure to take in our two summer exhibitions: SILENTS: Novels in Pictures (First Floor Lobby and JCBA Lobby) and BOUNDARIES: Paper, Print, & Books by Don Cortese (in JCBA's Book Arts Gallery). These exhibitions both close soon after Letterpress Appreciation Days in order to make way for our next exhibition, featuring the work of Leonard Baskin, who was born 100 years ago on August 15, 1922.


JCBA programs are all brought to you by you. Please support us if you can with a tax-deductible gift. At our donation portal, you may make a gift to the Jaffe Support Fund, which helps us acquire new artists' books and prints for the Jaffe Collection, or the Jaffe Center for Book Arts Education Fund, which supports all of our educational programs. Thank you!