JCBA's 10th Annual Letterpress Appreciation Day Open House

Wednesday September 18
from Noon to 8 PM

with screenings of LOS ULTIMOS: Endless Letterpress
3 PM and 7 PM

Each year on the 18th of September we celebrate Type High Day or Letterpress Appreciation Day, which has its origins in the height of type. All of the metal and wood type we use in letterpress printing, from the very smallest to the largest, measures an exact .918 inches in height. This year marks our 10th Annual celebration!

We'll be cranking out prints on JCBA's Vandercook 4 Proof Press (1940s), as well as Benjamin Franklin style on our 1890 Wesel Iron Handpress. For both, YOU will be the printer. On the Wesel, you'll print a broadside that we’ve typeset from JCBA's collection of historic wood and metal types and on the Vandercook, a bilingual print commemorating the screening of Los Ultimos at the Jaffe. All the while we'll teach you a bit about this fascinating craft. The prints are yours to keep and printing them will teach you the difference between clicking PRINT and actually PRINTING. Our Letterpress Studio is home to an assortment of historic printing presses, all of which are actively used by students and visiting artists to create hand-printed books and literary broadsides.

This 10th annual 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. Of course we appreciate your support, but your presence is more important to us than your donation.

You’ll find an assortment of letterpress printed cards, broadsides, prints, and books available for purchase, should you be in a shopping mood.

As part of the Letterpress Appreciation Day festivities, please join us for popcorn and your choice of two screenings of a fine new print documentary from Argentina:

LOS ULTIMOS: Endless Letterpress

Wednesday September 18
Screenings at 3 PM and 7 PM
Jaffe Book Arts Gallery
Self-Determined Admission*
… FREE for FAU Students with Owl Card

2019 • Documentary • Unrated • 70 minutes • Pensilvania Films, Argentina • In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Pablo Pivetta & Nicolás Rodriguez Fuchs.

Facing the deterioration of machines and the advance of new technologies, traditional printers in Argentina are closing their workshops. At the same time, a group of young people rediscovers the greatest technical innovation in the history of the written word: printing from handset type. But it will be difficult for them to learn the trade since it has always been passed down from master to apprentice––and these young people are outsiders. The last graphic mechanic of the country will be in charge of teaching them. Will this ancient handcraft withstand the passage of time?

Frente al deterioro de las máquinas y el avance de las nuevas tecnologías, los históricos imprenteros se encuentran cerrando sus talleres. Al mismo tiempo, un grupo de jóvenes redescubre la mayor innovación técnica en la historia de la palabra escrita: la impresión de caracteres móviles; pero se les dificultará aprender el oficio ya que siempre fue transmitido de persona a persona. El último mecánico gráfico del país será el encargado de enseñarles. Podrá este antiguo oficio resistir el paso del tiempo?

Thank you to our Lettepress Appreciation Day sponsors: Convivio Bookworks (, a book arts studio based in Lake Worth, and Argentinian Grill (, our favorite local Argentinian restaurant at 2521 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

On August 15, 2019, FAU Libraries initiated a new policy for improved building security. Everyone entering and leaving FAU’s Wimberly Library must be swiped in and out, using their FAU Owl Card. For visitors, 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. (Please be patient with us as the workings of this new policy unfold. Thank you.)

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located 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 new 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!


We’ve been using Self Determined Admission for events for over a decade. This means you decide what your admission is. If you decide your admission should be free, then so be it. In determining your admission, though, we ask you to consider your means, to consider what a typical night out at the movies costs, to consider how you’ll most likely never see a film like this in your neighborhood multiplex, and to consider what this particular experience means to you. Then decide what your admission should be. There will be a donation box at the gallery doors into which you may place your admission; it’s all by the honor system, and we make no judgements. If you don’t have cash, you can deposit a check into the box; checks should be made out to FAU FOUNDATION, referenced “JCBA Education Fund” on the memo line. You can also pay your admission with a credit card at the front desk; just ask any of our staff to assist you with that.