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3rd Annual LA Printers Fair report

October 3, 2011

This past Saturday we went to the LA Printers Fair, held at the International Printing Museum in Carson, just south of LA. I work about 2 miles from the museum, but unfortunately it’s only open to the public on Saturdays, so this was my first visit.

It was quite overwhelming with the amount of people and vendors packed into a relatively small space. The museum is in an industrial building across the street from a shopping center. You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but it’s packed with vintage and reproduction printers. Everything from letterpress to a Gutenburg to some Linotype machines.




One of the docents demonstrating a vintage press

Behind the museum was an outdoor area with most of the vendors under some tents (very crowded) along with a bunch of old equipment and paraphernalia for sale. There was also a warehouse full of parts and printers, along with other working printers and Linotype machines. We got to make our own poster and bought a few things as well. For $5 a person, it was an inspiring visit.


I flipped the picture so you can actually read these vintage logo slugs


My dad worked for TWA for 36 years, so I was thrilled to pickup this 1961 route map for $10



Found an old condom at a booth selling vintage books and magazines


Next in line to print our own poster of vintage ad slogans

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3 Comments
  1. October 5, 2011 8:45 am

    Wow wish this was going on while we were out there, would have loved to go! Very cool vintage TWA route map you got!

  2. Rachelle W. Chuang permalink
    October 11, 2011 9:04 pm

    Thanks for writing this post about the Fair! We appreciate it!

    • October 11, 2011 9:52 pm

      No problem. We had a great time. Hopefully I can make it to a Night Shift one of these days.

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